Feds plan review of FSSA over Medicaid backlog

Medicaid enrollee Mark Mullin, 36, poses for a photo at his home in Whittier, Calif. on Monday, July 14, 2014. Mullin enrolled for Medicaid in February and was told his application was being reviewed. On July 5, 2014 Mullin ended up in the emergency room and had an appendectomy. He’s now anxious about getting a big hospital bill and hasn’t made a follow-up appointment to see a doctor. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Medicaid enrollee Mark Mullin, 36, poses for a photo at his home in Whittier, Calif. on Monday, July 14, 2014. Mullin enrolled for Medicaid in February and was told his application was being reviewed. On July 5, 2014 Mullin ended up in the emergency room and had an appendectomy. He’s now anxious about getting a big hospital bill and hasn’t made a follow-up appointment to see a doctor. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reviewing Indiana’s procedures for enrolling residents in Medicaid after finding the state had 80,000 low-income residents awaiting approval in May.

CMS Director Cindy Mann notified Indiana Medicaid Director Joe Moser on July 9 that federal officials would begin reviewing the state’s procedures for enrolling residents immediately.

The backlog and federal review were first reported by the Indianapolis Business Journal Thursday. State officials told the newspaper that problems with changes from the federal health care law contributed to theMedicaid delays.

Moser tells the IBJ the backlog has been cut in half.

The review comes as Republican Gov. Mike Pence is seeking approval from CMS to expand Medicaid using a version of the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan.

 

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