Medicaid Application Backlogs Vary Widely Among States

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More than 1.7 million U.S. residents still are waiting for their Medicaid applications to be processed, with some pending longer than the federal government's 45-day processing deadline, according to state officials in 15 states. California has the biggest backlog with about 900,000 applications pending as of early June and Illinois – the second highest -- has 283,000 such applications. Meanwhile, New York has no pending Medicaid applications.

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