BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's legislative auditor would be able to use people's state income tax returns to check Medicaid eligibility, if senators agree to a proposal that won passage from House lawmakers.
The measure from Republican Rep. Tony Bacala triggered strong feelings.
Supporters, largely Republican, tout the bill as a way to combat Medicaid fraud and ensure tax dollars are spent wisely in Louisiana's largest spending area.
Democratic critics slammed the measure as targeting the poor. They questioned why, if the proposal was such a good idea, the auditor shouldn't be able to see tax records for anyone who gets some form of state aid.
A 59-30 House vote Thursday sent the measure to the Senate for debate.
GOP lawmakers are pushing a package of anti-Medicaid fraud bills.