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Audit Suggests VA Benefits over Medicaid for Vets

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – A new state audit suggests veterans in Missouri get medical care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) instead of Medicaid.

The report points out that the state pays 39% of people's Medicaid costs, but the federal government pays for all VA benefits.

The audit says shifting the veterans off Medicaid could save the state of Missouri $5 million. It also says the state should help low-income vets get VA services.

The report notes that the state's Medicaid application form asks only if the applicant is receiving VA compensation, not whether the applicant may be eligible for VA benefits.

The Department of Social Services agrees to make the change, and to provide information about federal benefits to veterans.

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