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States scramble to submit application for Medicaid expansion following late CMS rule
Modern Healthcare

A CMS rule issued in early July has set off a scramble among state officials to finalize and submit an application needed to implement their Medicaid expansions allowed by the healthcare reform law. The delay in the rule may push states hard up against the Oct. 1 start of the Medicaid enrollment process for 2014.

States were waiting for details provided by the July 5 rule before submitting state plan amendments required to expand eligibility for their Medicaid programs to all residents with incomes of up to 138% of the federal poverty level.

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