Archive for Thursday, August 26, 2010

Federal government warns state about backlog of applications for health care for poor

August 26, 2010, 5:29 p.m. Updated August 26, 2010, 6:06 p.m.


The state has been warned by the federal government to clear a backlog of more than 32,000 unprocessed applications for health care for the poor, a state official said Thursday.

Kansas Health Policy Authority Medicaid Director Barb Langner says a number of factors are leading to the backlog, including budget cuts and expansion of the income eligibility for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

There are now 32,481 unprocessed applications and 20,630 of those are more than 45 days old, which is out of compliance with federal processing requirements, she said.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has sent a warning letter to KHPA to take action to clear the backlog.

Langner said CMS could impose a fiscal penalty but she said she didn’t want to speculate on how much that would be.

Langner said KHPA would implement policies to simplify the application process in an attempt to clear the backlog.


LJ Whirled 7 years, 10 months ago

How 'bout imposing a financial penalty on the individuals who are not performing their overpaid jobs, and not on the taxpayers of the State.

Sebelius Hangover continues. Bring in some grownups to run Topeka.

Thinking_Out_Loud 7 years, 10 months ago

I'm curious, B, which individuals are those?

Godot 7 years, 10 months ago

The Obama regime regularly takes punitive actions against US states and citizens who fail to meet the Obamatron's varying and capricious standards, while it appeases our enemies and absolves intruders and foreign lawbreakers without punishment. Just another brick in the wall.

notajayhawk 7 years, 10 months ago

"One more black eye for this uncivilized state."

The better to not have to read your blathering.

"No, we don't want to help our poor That's socialism!"

Oh, will you just for once quit your whining. A story that appeared in this very paper around the beginning of summer last year talked about how KHPA was already backlogged and unable to process applications and renewals. That was before the Obama administration changed the guidelines to put tens of thousands of newly eligible people into these programs. The problem was caused by the feds making more people eligible without funding the extra administrative resources necessary to accomodate the expansion. It's called an 'unfunded mandate', and if the state tried to do the same thing to one of the cities, it would likely be thrown out in court. Blame your Messiah - and our (thankfully) former governor - for the mess, eddie-boy.

"I hope the state gets fined as much as possible."

Coming from someone who no doubt pays no taxes. Those of us who do so, not to mention those of us who understand things like taxation, realize that fining the state means fining us. But of course, it won't hurt the freeloaders living off other people's taxes.

"Want unemployment insurance? We'll going to make that really hard to get as well. "

Gee. Maybe you'll have to actually get off your *** and get a job.

Godot 7 years, 10 months ago

Any governor who accepts "assistance" from the Obama regime will rue the arrival of the so-called gift. The gift will ruin the independence of the state and cede more power to the Federal monster.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

Yea, it'd be better to maintain ideological purity than to provide healthcare to people who will likely die without it.

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