Thousands affected by Medicaid eligibility change

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Changes in how Medicaid eligibility is determined could save Indiana $26 million this fiscal year by pushing thousands of residents off coverage but providing first-time benefits to even more at lower costs.

Indiana has shifted from using its own eligibility determination process for receiving Medicaid disability benefits to one in which anyone found eligible for federal supplemental security income is automatically eligible for Medicaid in that state.

State officials are heralding the change and the savings it is bringing. But advocates say the process that took effect June 1 has had problems.

State Medicaid director Joe Moser tells The Journal Gazette that the new system eliminates a second layer of bureaucracy for people and for the state.

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