The Department of Health and Human Services is offering relief to the states hard hit by the recent tornadoes and storms. In a letter to Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee, Secretary Sebelius outlines ways states can immediately expand access to health care by providing temporary increases in Medicaid income eligibility limits and removing resource tests. States can also allow residents who may have lost documents in the storm to certify their income and residency, and can delay the process of re-determining whether an individual remains eligible for Medicaid. The Secretary assured the affected states that HHS would act quickly to approve any needed state plan changes or waivers.
Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sent four Regional Disability Integration Specialists to Region IV to assist in those states impacted by the storms.