Some Medicaid beneficiaries are being asked to submit new information to the state by Sept. 15, officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced.
In the coming days, about 130,000 households with Medicaid coverage — also known as KanCare — will receive a mailing asking them to list each in person in the household who plans to file an income tax return in 2014.
The mailing is being sent to pregnant women and low-income parents with children in the program, not to elderly and disabled KanCare beneficiaries.
States are required to collect the information as part of the health reform law, sometimes called Obamacare. The information is needed for a new formula to count an applicant’s income, called the Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI).
“We are asking all current KanCare members who are parents with children or pregnant women to actively check their mailbox for this form,” said Dr. Susan Mosier, director of Medicaid services at KDHE. “For those requiring assistance, phone numbers are provided in both English and Spanish. If members call the KanCare Clearinghouse and provide this information over the phone, the form does not need to be returned.”
The KanCare assistance numbers are: 1-855-751-4012 for English, or 1-866-305-5147 for Spanish.
KDHE officials said that households not returning the form by the deadline would have be contacted for the information as part of their annual review.
New Medicaid applicants will be required to submit the information via the Kansas Eligibility and Enforcement System (KEES) system starting Oct. 1.
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