A new report from the Government Accountability Office examines how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has allocated up to $2 billion in Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program funds included in the Deficit Reduction Act for health care costs related to Hurricane Katrina. As of Sept. 30, 2006, CMS had allocated $1.9 billion of the funding to states.
Thirty-two states received funds for eligible individuals affected by the hurricane, and eight states received funds for uncompensated care services. Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi received funds for existing Medicaid and SCHIP beneficiaries from directly affected states, which accounted for about 85% of the roughly $1 billion in claims filed as of Oct. 2, 2006.
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