In response to people who lost their medicaid, the Biden administration urged employers to aid their employees to enroll in other alternative health plans. However, despite their efforts more and more are losing their medicaid coverage.
Medicaid provides affordable health coverage for low-income households and matching funds for those unable to pay for private coverage. The Congress prevented states from disenrolling individuals on their medicaid, but it expired in April.
This prevention also caused many to enroll in the plan. States will now need to review individual’s eligibility. Individuals who lose their medicaid and are eligible for the health insurance can be enrolled at any time and to next year as well.
Aiding Those Who Lost Their Medicaid
Administrator of Centers of Medicare and Medicaid, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, who sent the notice of people losing their health plan – remarks that some may not be aware unless they visit their doctor.
The CMS has decided to host special enrollment periods under the Affordable Care Act through July 2024. The Health and Human Services Department mentioned that 3.8 million are eligible for Medicaid, while 2.7 are eligible through the Affordable Care Act market.
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s tracker shows that approximately 3 million has been unenrolled as of July 20. They note that this period is different depending on the state, as some have been disenrolled as early as April.
According to their tracker, the rates of the disenrollment vary from state to state, as some like Texas have high amounts while others have much lower. However, certain state policies have also caused the coverage to extend.
The tracker shows that a majority are due to procedural reasons, which meant that the individuals didn’t do or didn’t complete the renewal process in a specific time frame – in some cases it was due to the state’s outdated contact information.