State delays copayments in Medicaid coverage
The state Department of Public Welfare will delay proposed copayments for families of children with disabilities who get Medicaid coverage.
“The department has always preferred the option of applying a premium to this program and will be working with stakeholders who have come to us in support of a premium as opposed to the copayment,” said department Secretary Gary Alexander.
The change was part of an overhaul to state welfare benefits that the General Assembly approved last year in a cost-cutting move. Families whose income exceeds 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are affected.
The change was to take effect this month for newly eligible beneficiaries and Nov. 1 for current beneficiaries.
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