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In Person Renewal No Longer Required for Medicaid Because of Affordable Care Act

JACKSON, Miss. – If you are a Medicaid recipient, you may no longer have to renew Medicaid benefits in person at your regional office because of the Affordable Care Act.

A provision that went into effect Jan. 1, 2015 allows beneficiaries to now renew by phone, fax, and email. Also, this year Medicaid divisions will attempt to automatically renew applications if electronic resources are available to determine a family’s eligibility. If an automatic renewal is not performed, Medicaid beneficiaries will be mailed a form that must be filled out and mailed back within 30 days to determine if they are still eligible for coverage.

Timeframe

  • The family is allowed 30 days to return the form. If there is no response near the end of the 30-day period, a courtesy phone call is attempted by the caseworker to provide any assistance needed.
  • If a closure notice has to be issued, 15 days advance notice of closure is given to allow the family time to comply before the case closes.
  • If a case is closed due to non-response to renewal, there is a 90-day reinstatement period with no loss of benefits if the information is provided within that 90-day timeframe.

For more info visit: http://www.medicaid.ms.gov

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