Feds Seek To Remove Medicaid Barriers For Those With Disabilities

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Feds Seek To Remove Medicaid Barriers For Those With Disabilities Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services logo

Article by Michelle Diamant, Disability Scoop 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing a new rule designed to simplify the application and verification processes for people seeking coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP.

The regulation being published this week would standardize eligibility and enrollment for the programs, CMS officials said. Further, the rule would generally limit renewals to once a year, ensure that applicants have 30 days to respond to requests, create consistency in the renewal process across states and mandate that renewal forms be pre-populated.

The move is intended to help individuals with disabilities and those from other underserved communities who are eligible for Medicaid but are not enrolled or have difficulty remaining part of the program “because of systemic barriers,” CMS said.

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