"I'm not hitting the panic button just yet," said state Sen.
But the federal agency with ultimate authority is delaying action until getting more information from the state.
The legislation, which also retroactively removed claims dating back to
CMS had 90 days to approve, disapprove or ask for additional information from the state
The request for additional information came on
"We are developing a response now and expect to respond in the next few days,"
"I still believe we're on solid footing with what we passed," Lourey said. "And in the end CMS is going to approve it within this administration."
CMS is questioning the retroactive portion of the legislation, Bisogno wrote.
For a group of small farmers and property owners, mostly in
"The whole issue was the undisclosed liens in the first place," said
"CMS needs to understand that neither the online MNsure portal or traditional paper applications EVER disclosed the (Medical Assistance) estate claim ... at signup," Killerud wrote.
Despite the wait for federal action, the
Lourey said he doesn't think the feds will reject the retroactive clause in the legislation. The language of the bill is complicated, so there may need to be some language changes, he said.
"I don't have any indication that there's any portion of this at risk," Lourey said. "I'm not aware of it being anything other than clarification."
Although Lourey has no direct role in the process, he's monitoring it closely, he said.
Likewise, members of Nolan's staff are working closely with CMS "to facilitate a timely resolution to this issue," Bisogno wrote.
The process has been "nerve-wracking," Lourey acknowledged.
"Some are frustrated," he said. "I am frustrated. I was expecting an answer one way or the other."
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