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Legal Aid Testifies about Local Medical Assistance Programs before D.C. Council Committee on Health

Andrew Patterson - Staff Attorney, Public Benefits

Last Thursday, April 19, Legal Aid testified before the D.C. Council Committee on Health about several important issues affecting enrollees in the District’s Medical Assistance programs. The last year has seen many changes to these programs – some of which offer an occasion for D.C. to update and modernize its health care processes, while others have, unfortunately, resulted in less access to care for vulnerable populations. The continued implementation of the new federal health care law, for example, provides an opportunity for the District to improve its eligibility determination and service delivery structures. However, the new policy of requiring face-to-face recertifications every six months for the Alliance program has led to a steep drop in the number of enrollees – many of whom likely still qualify for coverage. Legal Aid’s written testimony on these issue, and others, can be accessed here.

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