Immigrants: Michigan computer glitch is stopping Medicaid
Detroit – — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of potentially thousands of immigrants who have been rejected for full Medicaid coverage in Michigan because of computer problems.
The lawsuit in Detroit federal court says the state has known about the problem for weeks but is moving too slowly to fix it. Attorneys are asking a judge to issue an injunction to get things moving.
The Center for Civil Justice in Flint says many immigrants are approved only for emergency services. The group says federal law typically grants full health coverage under Medicaid to low-income refugees and poor lawful permanent residents.
Angela Minicuci of the Michigan Department of Community Health says she doesn’t know how long it will take to cure the problem. She says some people could incur out-of-pocket expenses.