Feds review state's Medicaid enrollment procedures

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reviewing Indiana's procedures for enrolling residents in Medicaid after finding the state had 80,000 low-income residents awaiting approval in May.

CMS Director Cindy Mann notified Indiana Medicaid Director Joe Moser on July 9 that federal officials would begin reviewing the state's procedures for enrolling residents immediately.

The backlog and federal review were first reported by the Indianapolis Business Journal Thursday. State officials told the newspaper that problems with changes from the federal health care law contributed to the Medicaid delays.

Moser tells the IBJ the backlog has been cut in half.

The review comes as Republican Gov. Mike Pence is seeking approval from CMS to expand Medicaid using a version of the state's Healthy Indiana Plan.

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