New La. Medicaid check reveals larger than normal number of ineligible recipients

February 22, 2019 - 1:54 pm

( - Thousands of Medicaid patients have been told that they are no longer eligible for the program after a new computer system showed they no longer met the income requirements for the government health insurance. Department of Health Secretary Rebekah Gee says the new program automatically confirms your wages and income with Workforce Development and others…

“Based on those records, if we find that you make too much to qualify for Medicaid, were sending you a letter to say, listen, our records indicate from the last quarter that you may not qualify. Send us information.”

Gee says the usual turnover for Medicaid is 18,000 people a month, and after running the entire database, this month was 37,000.

The Secretary says most of those who no longer qualify are still considered low-wage and income workers, and may qualify for Obamacare subsidies.

“If you make too much to qualify, then you need to go on You will now qualify for healthcare through the exchange, and you may have to pay a little bit for it.”

All of those removed from the program qualified under the 2016 Medicaid expansion and are non-elderly adults.

Gee says the new system of checks also will make it easier for prospective Medicaid recipients to figure out whether or not they qualify.

“You get real time data so that you can apply and find out right then and there whether or not you are eligible, versus the old system which was much more difficult to navigate.”

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