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Medicaid Sign-Ups Aren’t Going Through, Either

From a now concerned Associated Press:

Feds’ site gives states incomplete Medicaid data

By SEANNA ADCOX | December 5, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — People shopping for insurance on the federal marketplace may be informed they’re eligible for Medicaid and that their information is being sent to state officials to sign them up. However, states say they aren’t able to enroll them because they’re receiving incomplete data from the Obama administration.

What timing. The Associated Press just reported the supposedly ‘great’ news yesterday that: "nearly 1.5 million people were found eligible for Medicaid during October." And that "the safety-net program" has seen "a nearly 16 percent increase in states that have agreed to expand it."

But now we hear that those ‘great’ Medicaid enrollment numbers might not be so great after all.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services wrote a memo to the 36 states using the federal website last week acknowledging the information wasn’t being transferred automatically and saying another system was being developed to send it…

The technical problem could affect tens of thousands of Medicaid applicants…

Some users who fill out applications on the federal site may believe that they’re already being enrolled in Medicaid or that state officials will contact them, even though the agencies aren’t receiving the information they need, said Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

The data transfer problem is occurring in the 36 states where the federal site is deployed, regardless of whether they chose to expand Medicaid.

So this can’t be blamed on the Republicans. (Though they will to blame them, anyway.)

"Essentially, if you’re a consumer on healthcare.gov, it will tell you you’re eligible for Medicaid and the state agency will take care of it, but there’s no real way for the state Medicaid agency to know anything about it," said Salo, who leads the nonpartisan membership group for state Medicaid chiefs.

The administration notified state Medicaid directors in mid-September that the system wouldn’t work as planned when the site went live Oct. 1. It’s unclear when a final fix will be ready, Salo said.

The AP buried the above detail in the 17th paragraph of their article. Mid-September is a half month before the October 1st rollout.

It’s also not clear how many applicants could be affected nationwide. Salo said it’s too early to tell, and federal officials have not provided numbers…

Even though they have been crowing about all the people they have signed up for Medicaid, which is supposed to be the one success story from Obama-Care.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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