The federal government shutdown is preventing the District of Columbia (DC) from making payments to providers and managed care organizations that serve Medicaid beneficiaries. The district cannot pay Medicaid providers out of its contingency reserve funds because these funds alone will not cover Medicaid payments, and DC does not have congressional authority to transfer federal Medicaid funds to the reserve funds during the shutdown. City officials have instructed providers to continue to submit claims and to expect to be paid once Congress approves city spending.
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