Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Has Your Medicaid Been Recently Terminated?

Recently there has been been a closure of 105,000 Medicaid cases in Pennsylvania. The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) says the overwhelming majority of the terminations are legitimate; however, advocates continue to hear from eligible people who had their benefits terminated.

What To Do If You Or Your Family Member Believes Benefits Were Wrongly Terminated

--File an appeal to the advance termination notice within 13 days on the postmarked date (make a copy to keep).

--Mail the appeal via certified mail and request a return receipt.

--Contact the OMHSAS Western Operations Field Office in Pittsburgh at 412-565-5226.

--Contact your respective state legislators to inform them of your situation.

--Contact NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania at 1-888-264-7972 as we are attempting to track the number of people living with mental illness that are affected.

People needing assistance with filing appeals or who have other questions relating to benefits can contact the PA Health Law Project Helpline at 1-800-274-3258.

Next week, we will be posting a questionnaire from Community Legal Services, which is researching and documenting recently closed Medicaid cases and the individuals who are being affected.

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