Since the end of the continuous Medicaid eligibility that was a major part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, more than 14 million Americans have lost their Medicaid eligibility.
In a new analysis, KFF looks at the challenges both consumers and states have encountered in attempting to review the eligibility of the Medicaid population and to ensure that those who are no longer eligible can be directed to other options for health insurance. Among the factors addressed in this analysis are:
- State outreach to affected individuals, the effectiveness of those efforts, and the adjustments states have made along the way.
- State renewal and eligibility determination processes and systems.
- Staffing challenges.
- The extension of flexibilities to the states by the federal government.
- Transitions from Medicaid to other forms of health insurance.
The effectiveness – and in many places, lack of effectiveness – of the effort to redetermine Medicaid eligibility is especially important to community safety-net hospitals because those hospitals care for so many more Medicaid-covered, low-income, and uninsured patients than the typical American hospital.
Learn more about what the KFF analysis found in its report “Unwinding of Medicaid Continuous Enrollment: Key Themes from the Field.”