Thousands of Pennsylvanians who were eligible lost Medicaid

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 5, 2013 4:57 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The state Department of Public Welfare's acting secretary says about 3,000 people who had been bumped off Pennsylvania's Medicaid rolls were found to be eligible for the health care program.

Bev Mackereth has told the Senate Appropriations Committee her agency made the discovery after sending more than 100,000 letters to people who'd had their cases closed.

The letters were sent to settle claims that families were improperly purged from the health insurance program for the poor and disabled. State figures show there's still 88,000 fewer children on Medicaid since August 2011, when caseworkers began an eligibility review.

Mackereth defends her agency as doing its duty to contact people who had lost coverage. Federal officials last year said they suspected caseworkers didn't appropriately review information before closing cases.

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