Program Design Snapshot: Paperless Income Verification

By Joe Touschner

Medicaid and SCHIP collect information on families’ incomes in order to determine eligibility. Most states require applicants to present paper copies of pay stubs and other documents, such as records of child support payments, to verify their incomes. The short brief shows that states, however, have the opportunity to modernize their programs and improve efficiency by minimizing their reliance on paper documents, while expanding the use of computerized verification systems.