How an election year and federal subpoena interrupted CNN’s reporting on Medicaid’s controversial data release.

CNN’s lawsuit with Missouri explains how the state withheld the benefits data that should’ve been publicly available. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, in a response published in CNN’s court filing, argued that people who had a recent felony conviction, were employed or not in “the State Service” and were nonbinary did not qualify for Medicaid. In addition, a 10-year-old child would be ineligible for Medicaid because the database was available only to those “legally considered dependent.” Missouri further claimed that no-show rate for felons is so low that the applicable records cannot be reliably analyzed. CNN sued the state, calling the data a medical record that should be public for the purpose of Medicaid cost containment.

Given the issue is already being debated, we asked for access to current information and data will be released in a forthcoming CNN report.

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