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Advocates Seek Federal Action on Kansas Medicaid Backlog

KSAL StaffJuly 12, 2016

Advocates for people with disabilities are urging the federal government to require Kansas to quickly clear its backlog of Medicaid applications and to resolve problems with its application process as a condition for approving any renewal of its privatized program.

The Disability Rights Center asked the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to force Kansas to document a “realistic plan” to eliminate the backlog and to notify all applicants of their appeal rights. It also wants Kansas to inform approved applicants they are entitled to retroactive coverage.

The Kansas Department for Health and Environment told The Topeka Capital Journal that the state is not required to inform people of their right to a hearing, but does so anyway if an application takes longer than 45 days to process.

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