On July 12th we reported that a bill to improve and streamline the Medicaid application process was on the Governor’s desk. The bill was signed recently. Here’s the NJ Bar Association’s press release. Lauren Marinaro worked along with other colleagues in NJ NAELA to help get this bill passed.
This new law (S-499/A4569) is a good start towards evaluating and implementing procedures that can improve the experience that the public has when they need to apply for Medicaid benefits for long-term care. As regular readers of this blog know, applying for MLTSS is often a harrowing experience and applicants encounter many frustrating proof requirements that can be difficult if not impossible to meet. The bill appoints a Medicaid eligibility ombudsperson to receive complaints, as well as liberalizes requests for more time to retrieve documents in the application process.
Look for more updates here on the Murphy administration’s implementation of this new law!
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