Federal Health Agency application delays: Albertson’s application for Medicaid status raises concerns

NEW YORK — A federal health agency application to begin expanding Medicaid coverage for individuals and families with pre-existing conditions is stalled.

The application, which was expected to go to the Trump administration in the coming days, was delayed by more than a year as the agency struggled to meet deadlines, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The Trump administration, which has yet to nominate a nominee, had originally hoped to complete the process by the end of the month.

But on Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told a Senate panel that the agency needed to get the application approved in time for the November elections.

The federal government was supposed to issue the application on Wednesday, but the deadline for that application was pushed back to Friday.

The delay could make it difficult for the administration to fulfill the promise of providing more coverage to individuals and the poor.

The White House had originally said it expected to receive the application by Wednesday or Thursday, but instead delayed the process.

The application will not be finalized until Friday, and the Trump Administration said the delay will likely result in the application being delayed until later in the week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.