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Alaska wrestles with sizable backlog of Medicaid applications

from Anchorage Daily News

Alaska is significantly behind on approving Medicaid applications, and in some cases applicants are waiting for months. As of Jan. 29, Alaska had a backlog of 15,639 cases of new applicants or renewals on the books. About two-thirds of those, or 10,200 cases, were filed in 2018. The average wait time to be approved is currently 55 days, according to Clinton Bennett, the media relations manager for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. That's the average, but not everyone is waiting that long, he wrote in an email. more

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