HHS offers help to states hit by tornados

States affected by last week's tornados can get special assistance from the Health and Human Services Department, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter to governors.

Her letter outlines options the states can use to preserve access to healthcare following a natural disaster. They can temporarily expand Medicaid eligibility and cut out some eligibility tests, the letter says. States also can streamline the process for determining the income of people applying for the program after losing documents in the storms.

"You have my commitment that any Medicaid plan amendment or waiver request you submit will be reviewed and acted upon as quickly as possible," Sebelius wrote.