Georgia state officials said Tuesday that 30,000 residents will lose their Medicaid coverage for failing to respond to renewal notices. But lawyers of many of the recipients affected say their clients were dropped from coverage without ever having received those notices.
The state Department of Community Health (DCH) had initially reported in early June that 17,000 poor elderly or people with disabilities, who are “dual eligibles” also receiving Medicare benefits, would lose their Medicaid coverage. Those individuals will have until the end of August to renew their coverage.
But the DCH has not yet figured out how to address the additional 13,000 individuals who will be dropped from coverage.
“We are in the business of providing people support in their greatest time of need,” DCH Commissioner Frank Berry said in a statement to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “The best way to ensure we are serving the most vulnerable Georgians and are accountable to the taxpayer’s dollar is to ensure we are focusing resources on those who have established their eligibility for these programs.”