The audit looked into ongoing problems with the state's
The audit also discovered that as of mid-August, nearly 35,000 people have renewal applications pending and are waiting to find out if they will continue to receive services. The audit was requested by Rep.
Hoff also said he could not independently verify the state's backlog numbers.
"We relied significantly on testimony from KDHE officials, and we weren't able to test some of their testimony," he said. "We can't be assured that the reporting numbers are fully accurate, but we have enough confidence they're not grossly inaccurate."
In June, a letter from the state to federal regulators obtained by The Eagle revealed that the backlog had quadrupled from what the state previously reported -- from 3,480 to 15,393 people. Of those, 10,961 people had been waiting for more than 45 days for the state to process their applications.
The state blamed the error on the company contracted to maintain the backlog of applications. That spike galvanized frustrations about the inaccuracies within the system.
At an August meeting, legislators from both sides of the aisle and both chambers scolded state officials who oversee the program.
The legislators toured the application clearinghouse in
A 'systemic problem'
The audit sought to answer three questions: What are the correct backlog numbers? What caused the backlog? What is the state doing to address the backlog?
A more thorough investigation about the backlog could be finished sometime during the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January.
The audit said the
Open enrollment for insurance on the federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov, begins in November for 2017 coverage.
"We're not convinced that the system is fixed enough that they'll be ready for open enrollment and we won't end up with another backlog," said
"We still have a systemic problem we haven't fixed," she said.
MowBray said she has concerns about the
"It shouldn't take you 18 months or a threat from a legislative committee to listen," she said.
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