CMS is paying nearly $700,000 for HMS to “cleanse the state’s insurance rolls.”
While I have a FOIA request to get hold of the contracts between Central Management Services and HMS, The Pentagraph is reporting that CMS is paying nearly $700,000 for cleansing the insurance roles.
HMS promises clients that they can reduce those on their roles by four to eight percent.
In an attempt to cleanse the state’s insurance roles, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services signed a $690,000 contract with a Texas company earlier this year to ask recipients of various state health insurance programs to prove their dependents really are their dependents.
The company, Health Management Systems Inc. of Irving, Texas, sent letters this week asking retirees for documents from the Internal Revenue Service, which is partially closed because of the impasse between Republicans and President Barack Obama.
William Britt, a retired teacher from Jonesboro, said he’s worried he won’t be able to comply with the request by the company’s Oct. 25 deadline because no one knows how long the shutdown will last.
“I’m just aggravated over how to accomplish what they want,” Britt said Wednesday.
CMS has announced that due to the Republican shutdown of the federal government, those being audited can file a request to delay submitting their evidence of dependent eligibility. The request must be filed prior to the October 25th deadline. Contact CMS.