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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Report: Medicaid ID Rules Waste Millions, Deprives Thousands of Care

May 7, 2007


New ID requirements for Medicaid applicants are wasting millions in taxpayer dollars and keeping thousands of Coloradoans from getting health care. That's the finding of a report released today by George Washington University. The rules were meant to keep illegal immigrants off Medicaid rolls, but Polly Anderson with the Colorado Community Health Network says all they've done is create new barriers for eligible applicants.

“If you're impoverished or homeless or migrant, you're not likely to have your original birth certificate, you my not have a valid Colorado state driver's license because you may not drive.”

She adds that the new rules have also forced many clinics to hire more administrative staff.

“We're able to say that's $32,000 that could be spent elsewhere, preferably in direct patient care. Instead it’s being spent on this administrative barrier.”

Anderson notes that before the rules were passed by Congress, there had been no reports in Colorado of any problems with illegal immigrants on Medicaid. She says the new rules have created over $2.5 million in new administrative costs for the state.

“The state Medicaid agency has determined that this saves about $300,000 for the state, but at a cost of $2.9 million in administrative costs.”

The report also says 90 percent of the health centers surveyed reported an increase in problems with Medicaid enrollment.

Look for the report to be posted online at www.cchn.org/.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO