State officials are “painfully aware” of the frustrations regarding the backlog in processing Medicaid applications and are working hard to address the problem, Angela de Rocha, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, told The Eagle editorial board. The state had thought it was making good progress at reducing the backlog but then discovered a reporting error. Instead of about 3,500 people waiting to have their applications approved, the total was nearly 15,500. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has added staff to process applications and hopes to eliminate the backlog by the end of summer. “We know this is a bad situation,” de Rocha said. – Phillip Brownlee
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