A new addition to Ohio's state Medicaid program is designed to cut costs by eliminating ones that shouldn't be there in the first place.
Auditor of State Mary Taylor announced that Ohio's Medicaid program will be enrolling in a Public Assistance Reporting Information System, a computer program that matches Social Security numbers with other federal and state public assistance databases to find Ohioans who haven't accurately reported income or are receiving benefits from multiple states.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services already is enrolling in the program, which will cost the state more than $500,000 to launch and staff for three years, said Susan Raber, a spokeswoman for the auditor's office.
Dennis Evans, a spokesman for the Department of Job and Family Services, said major additional programming and coordination with county governments will take about a year before the system can begin linking Social Security numbers.
The information system might be new to Ohio, but the state is one of the last in the nation to become a part of the program, administered by HHS. Ohio is the last state in its region to join the more than 40 other states that are enrolled.
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