Senators Propose "Smart Card" for Medicaid Users

ATLANTA (AP) - Two freshman senators are co-sponsoring a bill
that would require Medicaid clients to use an identification card
with their picture and personal information on a computer chip and
scan their fingerprints at the doctor's office in an effort to
discourage fraud.

Republican Sens. John Albers of Roswell and William Ligon of
Brunswick say the proposal filed Tuesday will prevent card sharing
and phantom billing and could save Georgia taxpayers millions.

Patients would swipe a "smart card" when they arrive at appointments and would provide a fingerprint scan when they enter
and leave the doctor's office as proof that they received medical

If approved, a pilot program will go out to bid and would be implemented by the Department of Community Health.

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