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Account Validation Service (AVS)

Starting September 1, 2019, people who are age 65 or older, blind or who have a disability must authorize use of the Account Validation Service (AVS) to be eligible for Medical Assistance (MA), including MA for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD), or the Medicare Savings Programs (MSP). This requirement only applies to people who have an asset test. This requirement does not apply to children under age 21.

Federal law requires all states to use an AVS and for Medicaid applicants and enrollees to authorize the use of the system to qualify for and maintain Medicaid coverage. The AVS is a tool to identify potentially unreported financial accounts. 

The following questions and answers give more information for MA, MA-EPD and MSP applicants and enrollees who must authorize the use of AVS.

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