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Filing an Appeal

Medicaid

There may be times when Peach State Health Plan will not pay for services that have been recommended by your doctor. If we do this, a letter will be mailed to you and your provider for services that are not approved. This letter is called a notice of Adverse Benefit Determination letter (formally known as Notice of Proposed Action letter or a denial). The adverse benefit determination letter will explain how you, someone on your behalf or your doctor (with your consent) can ask for an administrative review (appeal) of the decision.

An Adverse Benefit Determination is when Peach State Health Plan:

  • Denies the care you want.
  • Decreases the amount of care.
  • Ends care that has already been approved.
  • Denies payment for care. You may have to pay for it. 

An appeal may be filed orally by phone, or in writing (mail or fax). This needs to be within 60 calendar days of when you get the notice of adverse benefit determination (denial notice).

There are two ways to file an appeal:

  1. Write and ask to appeal.  Mail the appeal request and all medical information to:

    Peach State Health Plan
    Grievance & Appeals Coordinator
    1100 Circle 75 Pkwy
    Suite 1100
    Atlanta, GA 30339

    1-866-532-8855 Fax

  2. Call Peach State toll free at 1-800-704-1484, TTY/TDD 1-800-255-0056
  • You the member
  • A person named by you (your authorized Representative)
  • A provider acting for you with your written consent.

You must give written permission if a provider files an appeal for you. Peach State Health Plan will include a form in the Notice of Adverse Benefit Determination letter called ‘Appointment of Representation’. Contact us if you need help filing the appeal. 

  • When we get your appeal request, we will send you a letter within 10 calendar days. This will tell you we got your appeal.
  • You may ask for a free copy of the guidelines, records or other information used to make this ruling.
  • We’ll tell you what the ruling is within 30 calendar days of getting your appeal request. 

If you have more information to give us, bring it in person or mail it to the Grievance & Appeals address above. Also, you can look at your medical records and information on this ruling before and during the appeal process. 

You, your doctor or someone on your behalf can ask for an urgent or expedited appeal if:

  • You think the time frame for a standard appeal process could seriously harm your life or health or ability to attain, maintain or regain maximum function, based on a prudent layperson’s judgment
  • In the opinion of your doctor who has knowledge of your medical condition, a standard appeal would subject you to severe pain that cannot be well-managed without the care or treatment that is the subject of the request 

You, your doctor, legal representative with your consent, or legal representative of a deceased member may ask for an expedited appeal by calling Member Services toll free at 1-800-704-1484, TTY/TDD 1-800-255-0056 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time. Peach State Health Plan will look at your request and judge if your request deserves a fast decision. If we decide your case requires a fast decision, we will make a decision and provide a determination within 72 hours.

 If the request for an expedited appeal is denied:

  • The appeal will be transferred to the time frame for standard resolution
  • You will be notified of this decision within 2 calendar days

The time frame for an appeal may be extended up to 14 calendar days if:

  • You ask for an extension
  • Peach State Health Plan finds additional information is needed, and the delay is in your interest

If you have a special need, we will give you extra help to file your appeal. Please call Member Services at 1-800-704-1484, TTY/TDD 1-800-255-0056 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time. 

If you do not like the outcome of Peach State’s decision, you have a right to request a State Fair Hearing (formally known as Administrative Law Hearing).

A State Fair Hearing is a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge when you want Peach State Health Plan to reconsider and change a decision or action we have made about what services are covered for you or what we will pay for a service.

A request for a State Fair Hearing must be made in writing within 120 calendar days from the date of the Appeal Decision Notice. You can request this review in writing. When you request this in writing, you will include your request for a hearing, along with a copy of the appeal determination letter.

If you want your benefits to continue, while awaiting the completion of your State Fair Hearing, you must request a continuation of care, in writing, within ten (10) calendar days from the date we mailed the Appeal Decision Notice, which can be up to 120 calendar days. But you may have to pay for this care, if the decision is not in your favor. Please see the section Continuation of Benefits below.

You must complete the Appeal process before proceeding to the State Fair Hearing. Your provider cannot request a State Fair Hearing on your behalf. You or your appointed representative or a representative of a deceased member’s estate can attend the State Fair Hearing.

Your request for a State Fair Hearing must be sent to the following address:

Peach State Health Plan
State Fair Hearing (Administrative Law Hearing)
1100 Circle 75 Pkwy
Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30339

The Office of Administrative Hearings will tell you the date, time, and place of the hearing. You can speak for yourself or your representative may speak for you. You can get help from a lawyer. You may be able to get free legal help. The decision reached by the State Fair Hearing is final. Peach State Health Plan will comply with the State Fair Hearing decision.

If you need help requesting a State Fair Hearing or need an interpreter, call Member Services at 1-800-704-1484. If you are hearing impaired, please call our TDD/TTY line at 1-800-255-0056.

Continuation of Benefits:

If you want your benefits to continue while awaiting the completion of your Appeal Review or State Fair Hearing process, you must request a continuation of care on or before the later of the following: 

  • Within ten (10) calendar days from the date we mailed you the notice that we would not cover or pay for a service. 
  • Before the intended effective date of the notice of Adverse Benefit Determination Peach State Health Plan will continue the benefit if:
  • The review must be about termination, suspension, or reduction of a previously authorized course of treatment
  • The appeal was filed timely
  • You have requested the continuation of benefits
  • The services were ordered by an authorized Provider
  • The original period covered by the original authorization has not expired

Peach State Health Plan will continue your benefits until:

  • You withdraw the Appeal or State Fair Hearing request
  • Ten (10) calendar days after Peach State Health Plan mails the Notice of Adverse Action unless you request within 10 calendar days a State Fair Hearing you will receive continuation of benefits until a decision is made.
  • A decision is made during the Appeal Review or State Fair Hearing and is not in your favor.
  • The time period or service limits of a previously authorized service has been met.

You may have to pay for the cost of continuation of your benefits if the final decision is not in your favor. If the decision is made in your favor, Peach State Health Plan will approve and pay for requested services that are needed but were not received during the review of your case as quickly as possible. If the decision is made in your favor and you did receive continuation of benefits during the review of your case, Peach State Health Plan will pay for those services. 

Peach Care for Kids®

There may be times when Peach State Health Plan will not pay for services that have been recommended by your doctor. If we do this, a letter will be mailed to you and your provider for services that are not approved. This letter is called a notice of Adverse Benefit Determination letter (formally known as Notice of Proposed Action letter or a denial). The adverse benefit determination letter will explain how you, someone on your behalf or your doctor (with your consent) can ask for an administrative review (appeal) of the decision.

An appeal may be filed orally by phone, or in writing (mail or fax). This needs to be within 60 calendar days of when you get the notice of adverse benefit determination (denial notice).

There are two ways to file an appeal:

  1. Write and ask to appeal.  Mail the appeal request and all medical information to:

    Peach State Health Plan
    Grievance & Appeals Coordinator
    1100 Circle 75 Pkwy
    Suite 1100
    Atlanta, GA 30339

    1-866-532-8855 Fax

  2. Call Peach State toll free at 1-800-704-1484, TTY/TDD 1-800-255-0056
  • You the member
  • A person named by you (your authorized Representative)
  • A provider acting for you with your written consent.

You must give written permission if a provider files an appeal for you. Peach State Health Plan will include a form in the Notice of Adverse Benefit Determination letter called ‘Appointment of Representation’. Contact us if you need help filing the appeal. 

  • When we get your appeal request, we will send you a letter within 10 calendar days. This will tell you we got your appeal.
  • You may ask for a free copy of the guidelines, records or other information used to make this ruling.
  • We’ll tell you what the ruling is within 30 calendar days of getting your appeal request. 

If you have more information to give us, bring it in person or mail it to the Grievance & Appeals address above. Also, you can look at your medical records and information on this ruling before and during the appeal process. 

You, your doctor or someone on your behalf can ask for an urgent or expedited appeal if:

  • You think the time frame for a standard appeal process could seriously harm your life or health or ability to attain, maintain or regain maximum function, based on a prudent layperson’s judgment
  • In the opinion of your doctor who has knowledge of your medical condition, a standard appeal would subject you to severe pain that cannot be well-managed without the care or treatment that is the subject of the request 

You, your doctor, legal representative with your consent, or legal representative of a deceased member may ask for an expedited appeal by calling Member Services toll free at 1-800-704-1484, TTY/TDD 1-800-255-0056 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time. Peach State Health Plan will look at your request and judge if your request deserves a fast decision. If we decide your case requires a fast decision, we will make a decision and provide a determination within 72 hours.

 If the request for an expedited appeal is denied:

  • The appeal will be transferred to the time frame for standard resolution
  • You will be notified of this decision within 2 calendar days

The time frame for an appeal may be extended up to 14 calendar days if:

  • You ask for an extension
  • Peach State Health Plan finds additional information is needed, and the delay is in your interest

If you have a special need, we will give you extra help to file your appeal. Please call Member Services at 1-800-704-1484, TTY/TDD 1-800-255-0056 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time. 

If you do not like the outcome of Peach State’s decision and you believe that a denied service should be covered, you have a right to send a written request and have the decision reviewed by a Formal Grievance Committee.

The written request should be sent to: 

Department of Community Health
PeachCare for Kids®
Administrative Review Request
2 Peachtree Street, NW, 37th floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3159

A request for a Formal Grievance Committee review must be made in writing within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the Appeal Decision Notice. You request this review in writing. When you request this in writing, you will include your request for a Formal Grievance Committee Review, along with a copy of the appeal determination letter.

If you want your benefits to continue, while awaiting the completion of your state review, you must request continuation of care, in writing, within ten (10) calendar days from the date of the Appeal Decision Notice. But you may have to pay for this care, if the decision is not in your favor. Please see the section Continuation of Benefits below.

You must complete the Appeal process before proceeding to the Formal Grievance Committee Review. Your provider cannot request a Formal Grievance Committee Review on your behalf.

The decision of the Formal Grievance Committee will be the final recourse available to you.

In reference to the Formal Grievance level, the State assures:

  • You receive timely written notice of any documentation that includes the reasons for the determination, an explanation of applicable rights to review, the standard and expedited time frames for review, the manner in which a review can be requested, and the circumstances under which Enrollment may continue, pending review.
  • You have the opportunity for an independent, external review of a delay, denial, reduction, suspension, or termination of health services, or failure to approve, or provide payment for health services in a timely manner. The independent review is available at the Formal Grievance level.
  • Decisions are written when reviewed the State and the Formal Grievance Committee.
  • You have the opportunity to represent yourself or have representatives in the process at the Formal Grievance level.
  • You have the opportunity to timely review your files and other applicable information relevant to the review of the decision. While this is assured at each level of review, you will be notified of the timeframes for the appeals process once an appeal is filed with the Formal Grievance Committee.
  • You have the opportunity to fully participate in the review process, whether the review is conducted in person or in writing.
  • Reviews that are not expedited due to the member’s medical condition will be completed within ninety (90) Calendar Days of the date the request is made.
  • Reviews that are expedited due to the member’s medical condition shall be completed within seventy-two (72) clock hours of the receipt of the request.

If you need help requesting a Formal Appeal Committee review or need an interpreter, call Member Services at 1-800-704-1484. If you are hearing impaired call TTY/TDD 1-800-255-0056.

The decision reached by the Formal Appeal Committee is final. Peach State Health Plan will comply with the Formal Appeal Committee decision

Continuation of Benefits:

If you want your benefits to continue while awaiting the completion of your Appeal Review or Formal Grievance Committee process, you must request a continuation of care on or before the later of the following:

  • Within ten (10) calendar days from the date we mailed you the notice that we would not cover or pay for a service.
  • Before the intended effective date of the notice of Adverse Benefit Determination Peach State Health Plan will continue the benefit if:
    • The review must be about termination, suspension, or reduction of a previously authorized course of treatment
    • The appeal was filed timely
    • You have requested the continuation of benefits
    • The services were ordered by an authorized Provider
    • The original period covered by the original authorization has not expired

Peach State Health Plan will continue your benefits until:

  • You withdraw the Appeal or Formal Grievance Committee request
  • Ten (10) calendar days after Peach State Health Plan mails the Notice of Adverse Action unless you request within 10 calendar days a Formal Grievance Committee Review you will receive continuation of benefits until a decision is made.
  • A decision is made during the Appeal Review or Formal Grievance Committee and is not in your favor.
  • The time period or service limits of a previously authorized service has been met.

You may have to pay for the cost of continuation of your benefits if the final decision is not in your favor. If the decision is made in your favor, Peach State Health Plan will approve and pay for requested services that are needed but were not received during the review of your case as quickly as possible. If the decision is made in your favor and you did receive continuation of benefits during the review of your case, Peach State Health Plan will pay for those services.