Holly Torres and her son Zachary Torres. Photo provided by Holly Torres.

Holly Torres and her son Zachary Torres. Photo provided by Holly Torres.

Medicaid backlog leaves some without insurance

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The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is swamped with applications for programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and temporary assistance for families. But the backlog of applications for Medicaid is certainly the largest, and it’s hitting Alaskans with disabilities hard. Patients are often left without insurance and go weeks or even months just trying to get someone from the department on the phone.