Software Application Facilitates Medicaid Enrollment
The California HealthCare Foundation has developed software to facilitate Medicaid enrollment in counties and states across the country, United Press International reports.
The foundation has licensed its software at no cost to county and state Medicaid offices such as Arizona and Indiana, and it is used by the not-for-profit One-e-App program office, which provides online Medicaid applications in select jurisdictions throughout California.
Claudia Page, director of One-e-App, said that a paper application delays filing and increases administrative costs.
People who assist in the electronic enrollment process are certified by the state and are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Page said, "They use a password protected Web site and once logged in, there's a tracking mechanism of what the assister does and what information he or she had access."
There also are additional security mechanisms in place, such as encryption and firewalls, UPI reports.
In a survey taken while the system was being tested, most health care consumers indicated that they preferred online applications to paper applications, according to Page (Cukan, United Press International, 1/4).