Medicaid eligibility

Millions Dropped From Medicaid Rolls

With the two-year “Medicaid unwinding” process nearly half complete, 9.5 million Americans have lost their Medicaid coverage – among them more than 3.7 million children. To date, 48 million of the 71 million people enrolled in Medicaid at pandemic’s end have had their eligibility reviewed.  So far, many of those who were at first ruled ineligible were dropped for procedural reasons, such as failing to file paperwork on time, but many of those people eventually had their benefits restored. Still, estimates that 15 million people would lose their Medicaid eligibility by the time the process ended appear to be overlying [...]

2024-02-08T22:22:10+00:00February 13, 2024|Medicaid|

Millions Cut From Medicaid, CHIP Rolls

Nearly four million Americans have already had their Medicaid or CHIP eligibility terminated as part of the so-called Medicaid unwinding process, according to data compiled by KFF Health News from state and federal sources. That figure, moreover, accounts for only 38 states and the District of Columbia. According to the KFF Medicaid Enrollment and Unwinding Tracker, At least 3,790,000 Medicaid enrollees have been disenrolled as of July 27, 2023, based on the most current data from 38 states and the District of Columbia. There is wide variation in disenrollment rates across reporting states, ranging from 82% in Texas to 10% [...]

2023-07-31T12:00:53+00:00July 31, 2023|Medicaid|

Beneficiaries Starting to Feel Effects of Medicaid Unwinding

With the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency, states are now undertaking in earnest the challenge of reconsidering Medicaid eligibility for millions of people currently on their Medicaid rolls – something federal law has prohibited them from doing since the early days of the pandemic. And while 65 percent of those currently enrolled in Medicaid, according to a recent survey, are unaware of the current process and the possibility that they may soon lose their Medicaid eligibility, states are already reconsidering beneficiaries’ eligibility. Learn more about what has become known as “Medicaid unwinding” and the impact it is starting [...]

2023-05-30T06:00:52+00:00May 30, 2023|COVID-19, Medicaid|

Before Recess, Congress Contemplates Medicaid

Before the current session of Congress comes to a close, lawmakers may consider a number of Medicaid issues. Among them: The future of Medicaid eligibility for those who enrolled in the program as a result of special provisions introduced in response to COVID-19. The process for reviewing the future eligibility of those currently enrolled in Medicaid. A movement to extend the current, temporary 12 months of postpartum Medicaid eligibility for new mothers and their newborns beyond the end of the current public health emergency. A gradual phasing out of the enhanced federal Medicaid matching funds states currently receive. Learn more [...]

2022-12-07T06:00:25+00:00December 7, 2022|Congress, Medicaid|

States Prepare to Unravel Pandemic Medicaid Expansion

As the COVID-19 public health emergency once again appears, at least for the moment, to be winding down, state governments are preparing for how to undo the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program expansions mandated by Congress and return to their pre-COVID eligibility criteria for the two major health care safety-net programs. Under the temporary federal expansion of Medicaid and CHIP eligibility during the pandemic’s early days, states received enhanced federal matching funds for those programs in exchange for expanding their eligibility criteria and agreeing not to reconsider enrollees’ eligibility for the duration of the PHE.  With the prospect of [...]

2022-03-22T06:00:53+00:00March 22, 2022|COVID-19, Medicaid|

CMS Will Eliminate Medicaid Premiums

The federal government intends to eliminate the premiums it has permitted some states to charge Medicaid beneficiaries in recent years. While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services originally permitted states to charge Medicaid premiums as an inducement to persuade those states to expand their Medicaid programs, studies have found that the premiums mostly discouraged people from enrolling or reenrolling in Medicaid. CMS will compel Arkansas and Montana to phase out their Medicaid premiums by the end of the year and reportedly intends to impose similar requirements on the six other states that impose such fees. Learn more about Medicaid [...]

2022-02-15T06:00:44+00:00February 15, 2022|Medicaid, Medicaid regulations|

Millions Could Lose Medicaid Coverage When COVID Crisis Ends

As many as 15 million Americans may be at risk of losing their health insurance when the COVID-19 public health emergency officially ends, according to a new Urban Institute report. When the COVID crisis began and people began losing their jobs – and with them, their health insurance – Congress increased funding to states for Medicaid under the condition that states not perform eligibility reviews on their Medicaid rolls under after the crisis ends.  Since then, Medicaid enrollment has risen nearly 20 percent, and now, that 20 percent – and more – may be in jeopardy of losing their Medicaid [...]

2022-02-07T06:00:26+00:00February 7, 2022|COVID-19, Medicaid|

Interview With Seema Verma

In late December, PBS broadcast an interview with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma.  Kaiser Health News has published a transcript of excerpts from that interview during which Verma discusses Medicaid – including enrollment, eligibility, services, and children – Medicare for all, administration attempts to reduce health care costs, protection for people with pre-existing conditions, and more.  Read those excerpts in the Kaiser Health News article “One-On-One With Trump’s Medicare And Medicaid Chief: Seema Verma."

2020-01-07T11:50:05+00:00January 7, 2020|Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicaid|

Medicaid Rolls Could Include Too Many People in Some States

Some states appear to have more Medicaid participants than they do individuals who meet the program’s income eligibility requirements. Or so suggests a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. According to the study, an analysis of nine states that expanded their Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act found 800,000 more Medicaid participants than it did individuals who meet Medicaid’s income eligibility criteria. The study acknowledges that the actual numbers may not be as great because some people qualify for Medicaid based on disabilities and factors other than income. Learn more in the National Bureau of Economic [...]

2019-08-19T11:39:18+00:00August 19, 2019|Affordable Care Act, Medicaid|

Administration Ramps Up Scrutiny of Immigrants’ Use of Public Benefits

Immigrants’ sponsors could be more likely to be held financially responsible for the cost of public benefits those immigrants receive under a new memorandum issued by the White House. The requirement itself is not new; the purpose of the memorandum is to encourage federal agencies to enforce existing laws that state that, according to the memorandum, …when an alien applies for certain means-tested public benefits, the financial resources of the alien’s sponsor must be counted as part of the alien’s financial resources in determining both eligibility for the benefits and the amount of benefits that may be awarded.  Financial sponsors [...]

2019-06-06T06:00:08+00:00June 6, 2019|Medicaid, Medicaid regulations|
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