Kaiser Health News: Feds Demand Medicaid Backlog Fixes By Six States

By Phil Galewitz

JULY 10TH, 2014, 5:44 AM

This KHN story can be republished for free. (details)

Tired of waiting for states to reduce their backlogs of Medicaid applications, the Obama administration has given six states until Monday to submit plans to resolve issues that have prevented more than 1 million low-income or disabled people from getting health  coverage.

The targeted states are Alaska, California, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Tennessee.

“CMS is asking several state Medicaid agencies to provide updated mitigation plans to address gaps that exist in their eligibility and enrollment systems to ensure timely processing of applications and access to coverage for eligible people,” said Aaron Albright, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He said the agency will monitor states’ progress in solving the problems getting people enrolled in the state-federal insurance program for the poor.

The agency sent letters June 27 requesting the plans, giving states 10 days to respond. It is unclear if any have submitted plans yet. The letters was first reported by InsideHealthPolicy, a trade publication.

Tennessee Medicaid spokeswoman Kelly Gunderson denied the state has a  backlog of applications saying, “There are numerous aspects of the letter with which we do not agree, and we are currently working on our response to CMS.”

Continue reading here: http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2014/07/feds-demand-medicaid-backlog-fixes-by-six-states/

One Response to “Kaiser Health News: Feds Demand Medicaid Backlog Fixes By Six States”
  1. bonniemc18 says:

    Reblogged this on BMC Today's Senior Medicare Specialist and commented:
    A must see!

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