Lawyers say thousands wrongly lost Medicaid

Posted: March 09, 2013

HARRISBURG - The number of eligible people purged from Pennsylvania's Medicaid rolls amid the Corbett administration's crackdown aimed at welfare waste could be far higher than state officials told lawmakers this week, lawyers for the poor told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Citing Department of Public Welfare figures, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia said that nearly half the people, or 7,331, who responded to a letter sent by the agency in the fall had since reenrolled in Medicaid.

Just 16,000 people actually responded to the approximately 100,000 letters sent by the department, raising the possibility that many thousands more wrongly lost Medicaid, Community Legal Services lawyer Richard Weishaupt said. - AP

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