County departments are getting calls from local residents about Obamacare and how they should deal with the new law.
County commission chair Doug Atchley summed up the situation on Monday saying, "We (commissioners and other departments) are getting questions and we don't have the answers either."
The county's Department of Health and Human Services is able to give limited guidance to some people who are on Medicare. For most of those people, the new federal law will likely have little effect.
However, some of the Medicare "sub-part" programs may be impacted, explained county HHS director Chuck Lemoine during the BoCC's regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 18.
In October the county posted its largest ever federal payments for low income recipients of Medicaid. Of the $1.52 million in federal Medicaid payments in Delta County last month, "more than half were through the OLTC (Options for Long Term Care) program," explained Lemoine.
OLTC programs pay for medical services that are intended to keep seniors living semi-independently and out of nursing home settings.
The Obamacare law that was to go into effect on Oct. 1 eases requirements to qualify for Medicaid, Lemoine said. The HHS department expects increasing numbers of program applications as a result.blog comments powered by Disqus