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Missouri's Assistance for Katrina Victims

October 11, 2005
By: Lacey Hanson
State Capital Bureau

Hurricane evacuees have lost most of their posessions, but there's one thing they won't lose in Missouri. Lacey Hanson has more from the state capital.

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466 hurricane evacuees who qualify for Medicaid are planning to become Missouri residents after leaving the hurricane devastation. Department of Social Services spokeswoman Debrah Scott says not all evacuees will receive benefits in Missouri.

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"If an individual is intending to become a resident of Missouri then they have been assessed for eligibility based on their plan to become Missouri residents."

If evacuees qualify for Medicaid but are not staying in Missouri, they will receive benefits from their home states. From Jefferson City, I'm Lacey Hanson.


Nearly 3,000 hurricane evacuees living in Missouri are receiving food stamps. Benefits will last through October. Department of Social Services spokeswoman Debrah Scott says some individuals could receive food stamps until December.

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"There was special handling instructions that were issued by the United States Department of Agriculture for food stamps."

Scott says each case will be assessed to determine eligibility for extended benefits. Food stamps are 100 percent federally funded and will not affect the state budget. From Jefferson City, I'm Lacey Hanson.