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ND Dept of Human Services: Technology Connections Between Medicaid & ACA Marketplace Not Currently Working

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Before the Affordable Care Act, some North Dakotans may not have qualified for Medicaid -- but they may now.  

Previously, adults without dependent children were not eligible for Medicaid unless they were disabled, pregnant or elderly -- regardless of income.   Under the new law, North Dakota opted to expand Medicaid, which now covers people under 65 earning up to about $16,000 in a household of one -- or $20,000 for two.  

The North Dakota Department of Human Services says if you're uncertain whether you qualify for Medicaid or for the subsidies through the federal marketplace exchange, apply in either place.  After that, the system will determine where you're actually eligible -- but there's a problem.

"There's an interplay.  Some of the technology connections are not working now, but we're working through all the pieces that we have to to make sure that we can be responsive to the people who've applied for Medicaid and let them know whether they're eligible or not so on January 1, they'll know what their coverage is, and if they're not eligible for Medicaid, so they can go to the Marketplace and make sure they get their coverage there," says Maggie Anderson, Executive Director, Department of Human Services.

North Dakota Department of Human Services says since the federal healthcare exchange opened on October 1st, they've fielded about 280 calls.


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