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Payer Roundup—Louisiana officials notify thousands that they could lose Medicaid coverage

February 25, 2019 / Jacqueline Renfrow

Louisiana’s department of health has notified more than 37,000 Medicaid recipients that they could lose access to the program after finding these participants earned too much money to qualify for coverage. According to the Associated Press, almost all of those threatened with removal are non-elderly adults enrolled through Medicaid expansion. After a November computer upgrade, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera released a report that said Medicaid expansion may have spent $85 million on ineligible enrollees. Recipients could challenge the coverage decision by replying to the letter, but coverage will be removed as of March 31 for anyone who has not proven they meet the income requirements.