Missouri took an average of 101 days to process applications to join the state’s low-income health care program in April — more than twice as long as is allowed under federal law. 

A top official in the department overseeing that program pledged Wednesday that by the end of July, wait times would be down to 45 days, in compliance with federal law. Kim Evans, the director of the Family Services Division that oversees MO HealthNet (Missouri’s Medicaid program), told lawmakers Wednesday that the application processing time should be down to 30 days by the end of August.

Those numbers would be a drastic departure from recent months: in March, the average wait time was 83 days; and in February, 81 days, according to the department’s most recent monthly report.