Monday, January 30, 2012

No changes yet in store for Utah’s Medicaid applicants

Efforts by the Utah Department of Workforce Services to remedy problems with the current system for determining who is eligible for the low-income health program show promise.

In 2007, lawmakers consolidated applications for low-income health, food and welfare programs, transferring control of Medicaid eligibility to Workforce Services. The merger happened on the eve of the recession, as Medicaid rolls swelled with the unemployed, and amid a $79 million overhaul of the state’s public aid case management system.

With that, and a steep learning curve, behind them, Workforce Services is now poised to reap the benefits of consolidation. Salt Lake Tribune

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