Since the states have huge backlogs of Medicaid applications that have resulted from O-care and its attendant publicity, Kathleen thinks the right thing to do is cut Fed funding for administrative purposes to those states. Her theory is that if the states are under that pressure of reduced funding, they will get their act together and handle their backlogs faster. Too bad they didn't think of that before they flushed hundreds of millions down the tubes on Fed and state websites that never worked.
I guess she must believe that the states' are just being too lackadaisical, and will magically become super-efficient by this "incentive". Wonder how those states who expanded their Medicaid feel about the ability of the Fed govt to withdraw some of the aid they were promised? Was that also written into the law somewhere?Sebelius theorized that looming cuts would incentivize states to get their backlogs under control as soon as possible.
“States that are still reporting an inability to connect with the federal marketplace, and are therefore seeing applications back-up in the determination process, are subject to these cuts.”
The Washington Post reported in January that software defects in HealthCare.gov’s back-end systems were preventing over 100,000 Americans from being fully enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. HealthCare.gov couldn’t properly communicate eligible Medicaid applicants’ information to state agencies, preventing them from verifying the applications and creating thousands of backlogs themselves.
Hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applicants are still waiting for access to care. Illinois has a backlog of 200,000 applications that haven’t yet been processed, according to the most recent report from the Chicago Tribune. California’s Medicaid backlog is 800,000 strong; Nevada has hired temp workers to deal with 65,000 applications that are in limbo.
For administrative tasks, Medicaid programs are funded with 50 percent federal taxpayer dollars and 50 percent state dollars, according to AAF.
Guess CA's backlog is this large since their website actually did work a bit, but they just don't seem to be prepared to actually process the sign-ups they got. Wonder what will happen in OR and MD where the websites never worked.
It would seem that those who observed that health care "coverage" wasn't equal to actual health "care" were right. If some of these people signed up in Oct., they've now been waiting 6 mos. and still don't have access to actual "care".
For her superb management service, Sebelius gets to retire on a Fed pension of about $10,000/year (since she earned an average of about $199,000/year during her employment) for the rest of her life; and keep Fed health benefits for herself and family as well. She'll manage, though, since she'll also be collecting a pension from the state of Kansas for her employment there (where she also managed to spend millions on websites that didn't work).
The irritating thing is that abject failure in bureaucracy never seems to result in any penalty.