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Feds Scrutinize Medicaid Backlogs

In two recent letters, Health and Human Services officials have demanded remediation plans from a handful of states to resolve application backlogs.

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: The Feds Have Had It With Medicaid Backlogs
If you're a fan of Obamacare's coverage expansion, the quick and significant boost in Medicaid enrollment the past few months has been one of the law's biggest successes so far. But the rapid jump in Medicaid enrollment has also provided one of the biggest logistical headaches so far, with hundreds of thousands of people, and possibly millions, still waiting for their applications to get processed and their coverage confirmed (Millman, 7/14).

The Associated Press: States Told To Find Way To Clear Medicaid Backlog
A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent letters dated June 27 to Alaska, California, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Tennessee asking those states to address gaps in their eligibility and enrollment systems that have delayed access to coverage for poor and disabled people (7/14).

Georgia Health News: Feds To Scrutinize Georgia’s Medicaid Backlog
A federal agency says it will review Medicaid eligibility and enrollment processes in Georgia and six other states due to “a substantial backlog of pending applications. The July 9 letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does not indicate how much of a backlog Georgia has or the reasons for it. The Georgia review will also cover the state’s PeachCare program for uninsured children (Miller, 7/14).

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