In the aftermath of super-storm Sandy, immediate changes have been made to the Medicaid program by administrative and executive directives:
- The Statute of Limitations to request a Fair Hearing to appeal any Medicaid notice has been suspended until further notice.
- Providers are not required to secure prior authorization to treat Medicaid recipients for “urgent services.”
- Medicaid-reimbursed Personal Care Services will be made available in temporary emergency shelters.
- New York City has taken the following additional measures to ensure that Medicaid recipients do not experience an interruption in benefits, and to protect the procedural rights of Medicaid applicants:
- Medicaid benefits due to expire in November and December of 2012 will be granted an automatic 2 month extension of time.
- Currently open Medicaid cases will not be closed based on a failure to provide documentation until further notice.
- Requests for information for new Medicaid applications will be granted an automatic 7 day extension, extending the time to respond to 21 days.
For more information on post-storm Medicaid changes, or other questions about Medicaid-related legal matters, please contact Nancy Levitin, Partner and the Director of the Health Care Reimbursement and Recovery Practice at Abrams Fensterman at 516-328-2300 or email [email protected]