States face "tsunami" of Medicaid applications

August 2010
State Health Watch;Aug2010, Vol. 17 Issue 8, p5
The article reports on the claim of Stan Dorn of the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. that states are facing a huge increase in Medicaid applications under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the U.S. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the total number of recipients is expected to grow more than 40%. The author suggests computerizing eligibility determination in order for states to do more with lesser administrative resources. One state that has dramatically changed the way it handled eligibility is Massachusetts.


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