Thousands in PA may have wrongly lost Medicaid

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 7, 2013 3:10 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Advocates for Pennsylvania's poor are calling the number of people improperly bumped off Medicaid rolls far higher than state officials initially told lawmakers.

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia has told The Associated Press nearly half the people who responded to a letter sent by the state Department of Public Welfare have re-enrolled.

The department sent the letters to settle claims that families were improperly purged from the health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Citing state figures, Community Legal Services says more than 7,300 of the 16,000 people who responded to the letter were eligible. That's 46 percent.

Earlier this week, the department's acting secretary, Bev Mackereth, told the Senate Appropriations Committee that 3 percent out of about 100,000 who had been sent letters were actually eligible.


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