Information Gap Among Medicaid Recipients
According to recent findings, there is an information gap among Medicaid recipients with regard to needing to re-enroll for benefits after the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) ends. Medicaid recipients are not being informed correctly about the end of the PHE and its effect on their health insurance benefits in terms of the amount of information they have and where they receive their information. The latest extension of PHE expires on January 11, 2023, with a 60-day notice before the end.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in March 2020. The FFCRA prohibits states from disenrolling Medicaid recipients until the PHE ends. In addition to the ban on disenrollment, the FFCRA stopped the redetermination of eligibility. This kept more than 20 million people covered by health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the PHE ends, the FFCRA provisions that keep low-income people insured will end, leaving many people without benefits after the redetermination of eligibility resumes.
The Public Health Emergency is ending
The majority of people covered by Medicaid do not know that the PHE is ending. The end of the PHE means that Medicaid health insurance benefits will also end. Studies show the following rates of information among Medicaid participants:
- 62% of Medicaid recipients did not know about the end of the PHE and the need for redetermination.
- 16.2% of Medicaid enrollees stated that they heard something about the PHE ending but did not have any further information.
- 15.7% of beneficiaries only knew very little about the end of the PHE and the redetermination of Medicaid benefits.
- Only 5% of Medicaid recipients reported that they were well-informed about the end of the PHE and the need for the redetermination of benefits.
Medicaid enrollees are responsible for staying updated!
The lack of information among Medicaid recipients may cause some Medicaid enrollees to unexpectedly lose their health insurance coverage. Currently, Medicaid enrollees are responsible for staying updated about the end of the Public Health Emergency, which can lead to bad outcomes for them.
To stay updated on the end of the PHE and any changes to Medicaid benefits, keep an eye on your state’s Medicaid website, check your mail or email for important correspondence, and visit the Medicaid.gov website for new information.
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