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Politico: Medicaid Glitch Might Limit Enrollment

From a white-knuckled Politico:

Obamacare glitches shadowing Medicaid

By KYLE CHENEY | November 12, 2013

Another under-the-radar Obamacare malfunction could stymie January health coverage for some of the nation’s poorest people, state Medicaid officials say. And that’s casting a shadow on one of the parts of the Affordable Care Act that’s actually working quite well— sign-ups for Medicaid, which is being expanded under the health law.

That’s horrible! You mean Obama might not be able to reach his goal of signing up 9 million more people for Medicaid?  Still, it’s hard to believe they are having any significant problems, given that at least half a million people have already signed up for Medicaid in just ten states. So that figure is probably five times higher.

Thirty-six states are relying on the malfunctioning enrollment system, HealthCare.gov, to handle new Medicaid applications. If the system worked as designed, the applications would be approved by the feds and then transmitted to states, which would finalize them and begin coverage for the newly enrolled on Jan. 1.

But HealthCare.gov hasn’t begun transferring those applications yet. The Obama administration has delayed the process twice and hasn’t made public a new start date…

So there is no ‘glitch.’ They just aren’t transferring this information yet.

The federal government hasn’t yet released numbers on how many people are signing up for Medicaid, and the balky website has suppressed enrollment…

Great, now we have ‘Medicaid suppression,’ too. When will it end?

But the signs from the states running their own exchanges are that it’s generating a strong response. A recent analysis of 10 states found that 440,000 people had enrolled in the program. A similar enrollment rate in the 36 federal-exchange states would mean a lot of people are at risk for coverage problems if the glitch isn’t fixed swiftly…

What exactly is the emergency? The midterms are still a year away.

Some states are already urging people who think they may be Medicaid eligible to skip HealthCare.gov and come directly to the state Medicaid agencies.

Naturally. Why risk losing even one potential Democrat voter?

Obama administration Medicaid chief Cindy Mann told reporters Tuesday that her agency is actively working with states to get the application transfer online.

“We’ve been testing those systems with states and hopefully soon we’ll be able to do the full account transfers,” she said. But she offered no timetable for a complete fix. Likewise, Medicaid officials told reporters on a subsequent conference call that they weren’t sure about a timetable.

So there is no ‘glitch.’ They simply don’t transfer these accounts online.

Some states face another Medicaid problem if the HealthCare.gov delays are prolonged. These states require a separate review of the Medicaid applications — an additional local level of approval beyond the feds. That takes up to 45 days, and without access to the applications filed through HealthCare.gov, that review could easily spill into January…

Which explains the rush. The Politico and the rest of the Democrat Party are afraid these Medicaid applications will be checked by the states. And they might notice that a lot of people aren’t really eligible. And we can’t have that. We don’t want to turn away any potential life-long Democrat voters.

By the way, how is it possible to verify incomes for Medicaid, but not for Obama-Care? Don’t they use the same system? Something tells us they aren’t verifying these Medicaid applications very closely, if at all.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Politico: Medicaid Glitch Might Limit Enrollment”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Stupid is as Stupid does

  2. captstubby says:

    U.S. says over 106,000 sign up for Obamacare plans in October

    (Reuters) – The U.S. government said on Wednesday that 106,185 people signed up for health coverage nationally under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law during October, the first month of its troubled roll-out.
    The figure include 26,794 people who signed up for private health insurance plans through the technologically-challenged federal marketplace serving 36 states. An additional 396,261 people were deemed eligible for the government’s Medicaid program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the poor, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.
    The Obama administration had signaled enrollment would be very low in October because of technical failures that have hobbled the HealthCare.gov website used for signing people up in 36 states. But the reported figures show how far the White House has to go to build a new individual market of millions of consumers in 2014 to keep the healthcare program financially viable.
    (Reporting by Caroline Humer; Editing by Michele Gershberg and Grant McCool)

    blog comment
    “26,794 enrollments, 4,900,000 cancellations. Obama must be president.”

    • GetBackJack says:

      Those who believe these numbers are cooked, board to the Right, please.
      Those who believe these numbers, board to the Left, please. For a session with the ClueBat™

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