About 1.5 million Americans have lost Medicaid coverage due to lost documents or outdated contact information.
Hundreds of thousands have died in Florida, the most of any other state
Other states also had particularly high drop rates. About half of the cases decided in May were dropped in Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia. More than 140,000 people are excluded from Medicaid, according to Arkansas. Requalification has been a burden for Jennifer Mojica, who was told in April that she was no longer eligible for Medicaid because the state of Arkansas had mistakenly determined her income was over the limit.
More than 93 million people nationwide have Medicaid, up nearly a third from January 2020
States have one year to complete this process. However, it’s been difficult to see everyone’s reaction, as some have moved, changed contact information, or ignored emails regarding renewals. Now that eligibility has resumed, states are beginning to process backlogs to determine if people’s incomes or circumstances have changed. Coverage may be retroactively reinstated if eligibility information is submitted within 90 days of the deadline. After the registration freeze ended in April, Idaho began processing these cases, and nearly 67,000 of the 92,000 cases decided so far have dropped out.