Computer System Could Save California Millions On Veterans Payments

by Staff Blogger | January 28th, 2013

January 28, 2013

Budgetary restraints that each state in our country is facing today have forced them to find ways of being more efficient with the money they currently have available. An article from Government Technology discusses how California may be able to utilize a computer program that could potentially save millions of dollars per year.

The Public Assistance Reporting Information System (PARIS) was first used in Washington State to identify veterans who were on Medicaid and not utilizing federally funded veterans’ benefits. Those individuals were then notified of the benefits they were missing out on and eventually transferred each person off of Medicaid and to the veterans’ benefits programs, which has saved the state roughly $30 million over the last nine years.

California ran a test of the program from 2009 to 2011 that found PARIS may be able to save the state an estimated $1.6 million by switching just veterans who are 100 percent disabled onto federal care programs designed specifically for Veterans’ Disability Benefit recipients.

PARIS has been made mandatory for in each state since then, but faces a new challenge of manpower to run the program, according to Manuel Urbina, a spokesman for the California Department of Health and Human Services Medi-Cal Eligibility Division.

The California Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers recognize how complicated understanding what benefits an injured service member may be qualified for can be and may be able to help if you, or a loved one, have been injured while serving your country.