LANSING (AP) – State auditors say Michigan could do a better job of identifying veterans who might be eligible for federal benefits.

The audit released Friday says the state could save money if veterans on Medicaid switched to health programs run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Since 2015, Michigan’s Veterans Affairs Agency is supposed to be working with another state department to identify Medicaid recipients, but the agency hasn’t received the data. Officials blamed it on staff turnover and other issues. The agency hopes to get the information early this year.

The auditor general found one state that saved $63 million over many years by steering veterans into federal programs.

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Comments (2)
  1. Fiscal Conservatism: Over 17yrs. Of War & Major Military Involvements On 3 GOP Tax Cuts!
    All 3 Huge For Wealthy & Corps!!
    Even A Rapid Growth Extremely Costly Private Merc. Army With All 4 Branches & Intel Gathering Built Built Right In!!
    Decades Of GOP Forced Under Funding Of Veterans Administration, Including At State Level, Causing Costly Long Time Needs Which Ripple Out Causing Even More!!
    Keeping My Oath: USN All Shore ’67-’71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country ’70-’71 – Independent**
    Decades Of GOP Forced Under Funding Of Infrastructure, More Than Just Roads & Bridges, Which Cause Other Needs All Causing Extremely Costly Repairs When They Break!!
    Oh & Them Huge Corp Tax Breaks To Them ‘job creators’ Didn’t Produce Any Jobs, Unless Connected To The Obama Stimulus, Which Conservatives Blocked Way Too Much Of, & Expanded Results From, As Economy Collapse Under GWB & Conservative Legislature!!

  2. Al Cackowski says:

    The VA can’t handle the patient load as it is. You really want to doom these men & women to die from lack of treatment?

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