Medicaid recipients who kept their coverage for an extended period during COVID are again required to establish their qualifications for the federal program on a yearly basis.
The COVID relief ended in May for both Medicaid and CHIP, the health insurance program for families with kids.
“Medicaid redetermination helps to make sure that Medicaid and CHIP remain strong programs and can serve those who need it most,” said Commissioner Virginia Betteridge, liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services. “But this process means that some recipients may no longer be eligible and, in turn, can lose their health coverage.
“It is crucial that all recipients reevaluate the qualifications to ensure that they will not be left without a plan when it comes to their health care.”
Those who are now ineligible for Medicaid should do the following:
- Ask an employer if a job provides health-care coverage
- Choose the plan that is best for the individual and his or her family
- Enroll within 60 days of when Medicaid ends
If an employer does not offer health care plan, you can buy a policy by visiting healthcare.gov or calling (800) 318-2596. Find out if there is financial aid for coverage and use doctors in the plan’s network
For additional detailed information, visit https://www.healthinsurance.org/medicaid-redetermination/