It appears some people may be having trouble taking advantage of Pennsylvania’s “Healthy Pennsylvania” Medicaid expansion.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that there is a backlog in processing applications, some people who are eligible to participate are getting rejected for coverage, and some who need drug and alcohol treatment services have been placed in plans that do not provide such coverage.
The state has acknowledged the problem with drug and alcohol coverage but notes that processing applications can take up to 45 days. So far, the state estimates that 150,000 Pennsylvania households have applied for Medicaid coverage since the enrollment period started on December 1.
To learn more about the challenges Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion is encountering, see this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article.