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HHS Offers States Extra Flexibility As They Recover From Tornadoes

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HHS Offers States Extra Flexibility As They Recover From Tornadoes

May 9, 2011

On May 6, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offered additional Medicaid flexibility to states recovering from tornadoes and other storms. In a letter to officials in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the states have a number of options to ensure their residents are able to access Medicaid.


For example, the states can expand access to Medicaid through temporary increases in income eligibility limits and the removal of resource tests; allow residents to certify their income and residency, if they lost verification documents in the storms; and delay the eligibility redetermination process, according to the letter. Sebelius said that HHS will act “as quickly as possible” on any Medicaid plan amendment or waiver request states may need.