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Friday, January 23, 2015

1,000 District of Columbia Households May Lose Medicaid by January 31, 2015

Under the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) new Medicaid renewal system, some beneficiaries are automatically renewed, but others must complete a 19-page form or they will lose their Medicaid coverage.

DHS is reporting that a very low percentage of these forms have been returned and that about one thousand families are at risk of losing their Medicaid coverage effective January 31st.  As renewals continue over the next 12 months, the number of those impacted will continue to grow.

If you are eligible for Medicaid and receive a renewal (or recertification) form, you must fill it out and file it online at DC Health Link or take it to one of DHS's Economic Security Administration (ESA) Service Centers.  Get a receipt if you take the form to the ESA Service Center.

Set up a DC Health Link My Account by going to dchealthlink.com.  This is for DC Medicaid too, not just private health insurance.

For assistance, you can call the DC Health Link Customer Service Line (855-532-LINK) or the ESA Customer Service Line (202-727-5355).

If you have trouble with the renewal (or recertification) form, cannot get through to DC Health Link or ESA, or are told by a medical provider that your DC Medicaid has ended, call us for free help:  Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP at (202) 682-0578.

There is a 90-day grace period following termination when you can renew and receive retroactive Medicaid coverage back to the date of termination. Therefore, it is important to take action as quickly as possible after termination so that you do not end up with gaps in coverage.

For further information use this link.  


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