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Aug 23, 2011 9:12 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Report: Colo. Medicaid system plagued with delays

DENVER (AP) - A federal review of Colorado's Medicaid program found significant delays in determining applicants' eligibility. It also found that the state system isn't programmed to terminate or deny benefits to people who fail to show proof of citizenship.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says Colorado is not complying with federal regulations that call for eligibility to be determined within 90 days for people with disabilities - or within 45 days for all other applicants. State officials say they've made system improvements and now 80 percent of all applications are processed in time.

The report was released Tuesday.

It found that Colorado's system does not provide sufficient time for applicants to show proof of citizenship and currently is not programmed to deny or terminate benefits to those who don't qualify.

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