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Medicaid disenrollments are quietly impacting millions — here’s what families need to know

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Nearly one in four Americans receives Medicaid, a government-subsidized program that provides healthcare coverage for low-income individuals and families. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress boosted Medicaid funds and made its coverage continuous — meaning those whose enrollments expired would continue being covered as long as the policy was in place.

As of April, however, the continuous coverage mandate has expired, meaning millions of Americans will be dropped from their Medicaid coverage if they don’t take steps to renew. So far, nearly three million people have already been disenrolled from the Medicaid program. More than 15 million people are expected to be dropped from Medicaid coverage, and over 6 million are expected to become fully uninsured. 

How does this impact families?

These new changes to Medicaid policy will impact millions of American families — especially children and new parents. More than half of children are currently covered by Medicaid, and more than four out of every ten births in the United States is covered at least in part by Medicaid benefits. 

Policy experts expect at least 6 million children to lose their Medicaid coverage, with kids living in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, and Texas at the greatest risk of becoming uninsured.

Will Medicaid disenrollments impact my family?

If your family is currently receiving Medicaid benefits, it’s important to find out when your coverage will expire. Medicaid is run by state agencies, so policies and procedures will vary from state to state. 

This resource will allow you to select your state and learn about eligibility requirements for Medicaid, provides contact information for the state-specific agencies you may need to contact, and how to renew your coverage if you’ve already been disenrolled or are at risk of losing your coverage in the future. Still need coverage? You can find out about other health insurance options you might have here.

Mckenna Saady is a staff writer and digital content lead for ParentsTogether. Before working for nonprofits such as the Human Rights Campaign and United Way, Mckenna spent nearly a decade as a child care provider and Pre-K teacher. Originally from Richmond, VA, she now lives in Philadelphia and writes poetry, fiction, and children’s literature in her spare time.