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Thu Oct 24, 2019, 09:46 AM

Hundreds of Minnesotans lose health coverage over new Medicaid rules

This a new federal law passed by republicans has gone into effect. MA recipients sign a release form giving permission for a 3rd party to have full access to all of their financials. The 3rd party, no one knows who they are, audits each persons financials. If they have more than $3000.00 in assets, they are disqualified for benefits. A person could have $3001.00 in assets and be disqualified.

In late August, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) began requiring that people on Medical Assistance, Minnesota's version of Medicaid, fill out a two-page form that enables the state to verify that their assets do not exceed eligibility limits. However, people were given just a 10-day grace period if they failed to return the form by mid-September. Many were unable to meet the tight deadline and were "disenrolled" from Medicaid, creating turmoil for those with urgent or life-threatening medical needs.

The DHS, which oversees Medical Assistance, disclosed this week that approximately 1,300 people including some who are sick, elderly or have a disability have lost their coverage since the new asset-verification policy went into effect last month. Hundreds more are at risk of losing coverage as the agency rolls out the new system statewide through next spring.

Retroactive coverage
State officials are encouraging Medical Assistance enrollees who lose their coverage to reach out to their county offices for guidance on how to reapply. People can get retroactive coverage for up to three months.


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