The Illinois Medicaid program received the first 5,000 of those Medicaid applications from the federal government Thursday, said Mike Koetting of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the state's Medicaid agency. Federal officials have informed Illinois there will be 76,000 total applications representing 110,000 individuals, Koetting said.
"That will completely swamp us," Koetting said at a meeting of state health officials in Chicago. Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary Michelle Saddler agreed, saying the incoming applications will "create major problems" and that her agency, which processes the applications, had "a gargantuan task ahead of us."
Mike Claffey, a spokesman for the Illinois Medicaid program, said the state is hiring additional workers and hiring temporary workers to keep up with the expected load.
I guess Obamacare isn't the jobs killer it has been billed to be.