Analyzing the Shifts in Medicaid Enrollment Post-Pandemic

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Millions of Americans who relied on Medicaid/CHIP coverage during the pandemic are now facing a loss of coverage. A key policy, known as continuous enrollment, allowed people to keep their Medicaid coverage regardless of income changes. However, this benefit ended in March 2023, leaving many at risk.

The Impact: Millions Disenrolled, Many Due to Red Tape

One year later, the numbers are stark. Around 20 million people, a staggering 20% of enrollees, have lost Medicaid/CHIP coverage. This number is even higher than initial predictions.

Perhaps most concerning is the reason for these losses: 70% of disenrollments were due to procedural issues. Outdated contact information or missing deadlines resulted in coverage loss, even though many may still be eligible. This highlights a deeply flawed renewal process that disadvantages those who need healthcare the most.

Strategies for the Future

In my comprehensive Huddle #Trends report, I dive into the far-reaching consequences of ending Medicaid/CHIP continuous enrollment. I explore the firsthand experiences of patients from KFF studies, assess how governments prepared for the unwinding process, and brainstorm innovative solutions to ensure continued access to healthcare in the future.

Understanding the true impact of ending continuous enrollment is critical for all healthcare stakeholders.

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