The number of eligible people who were purged from Pennsylvania's Medicaid rolls amid Gov. Tom Corbett's administration crackdown aimed at welfare waste is possibly many thousands higher than state officials told lawmakers earlier this week, Philadelphia-based lawyers for the poor told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Citing figures from the Department of Public Welfare, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia said that nearly half the people, or 7,331, who responded to a letter sent by the agency in the fall have since re-enrolled in Medicaid.
According to Community Legal Services lawyer Richard Weishaupt, only 16,000 people actually responded to the approximately 100,000 letters sent by the department, raising the possibility that many thousands more wrongly lost Medicaid or even re-enrolled on their own without responding to the letter.
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