FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2017
Edie Surtees, Communications Director
Notice to Medicaid Beneficiaries appealing reductions or denials of Medicaid-funded health services or Medicaid eligibility and who missed or will miss their Medicaid fair hearing (or need more time to prepare for their hearing) due to Harvey.
According to Texas Medicaid’s Appeals Division, any Medicaid fair hearings that have been dismissed where the appellant resides in a disaster area will be automatically reopened and rescheduled. Also, any Medicaid fair hearings scheduled within the next two weeks, for those residing in the disaster areas, and do not appear for their fair hearing will automatically be rescheduled rather than dismissed.
If you are or should be receiving continued services (or continued eligibility) pending the appeal process, those services or eligibility should remain continued until the fair hearing is held, and a decision is issued. If an appellant needs to reschedule their fair hearing due to the disaster, or has other questions, he or she should call Sandra Pinales with HHSC Appeals at 512-231-5701.
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