Illinois officials expect to be swamped with thousands of Medicaid applications that were stuck in the federal online health insurance enrollment system. Those applications now are being transferred to the state for processing.
Illinois Medicaid officials received the first 5,000 transferred applications Thursday. Mike Koetting of the state's Medicaid agency says he expects 76,000 total applications representing 110,000 individuals. He says that will "completely swamp" workers processing the applications.
Michelle Saddler of the Illinois Department of Human Services agrees it will be a "gargantuan task."
Matt Salo is executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. He says when all the applications come in they may create logjams that will seem overwhelming for state agencies.
The stuck Medicaid applications were among the many technical problems of HealthCare.gov.