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CT Hispanic Population Faces Risk of Medicaid Coverage Loss

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Friday, March 17, 2023   

When the pandemic ends this spring, Medicaid's "continuous coverage" requirement will end with it.

In Connecticut, the state will start checking people's eligibility at the end of this month to see who can remain enrolled in Medicaid by May 2024. Many are expected to lose coverage, and there are greater risks for some than others.

A report from Arnold Ventures and the Commonwealth Fund said the Medicaid coverage rate for Hispanics is 35.7%, compared to non-Hispanics at 19.4 %.

Yanidsi Velez, New England regional director for the Hispanic Federation, said there must be an aggressive effort to alert people about the Medicaid coverage changes.

"It is important to continue to partner and educate, whether it's through healthcare.gov, whether it's through social media, whether it's through town halls, or just partnering," Velez emphasized. "All the information needs to be out there as soon as possible, and we need to have an ongoing effort all the way to April 1st."

She added it is also important the outreach is culturally competent and multilingual. The Hispanic Federation has a special hotline for people to gather all the information they need in case they lose coverage and need options.

Velez acknowledged it is easy to misunderstand or miscommunicate what is happening with Medicaid. As community groups are working to prepare people for continuous coverage to end, she stressed Medicaid agencies need to be able to handle these calls as well.

"It is important that the government continue to fund and provide resources to the government agencies of Medicaid," Velez urged. "Just to make sure that they have the capacity to handle calls and requests or questions about the beneficiaries."

Throughout the pandemic, Velez noted Medicaid kept many in the Hispanic community from being uninsured. A report from the Commonwealth Fund shows inequities in health coverage improved between 2013 and 2021, through a combination of states expanding coverage and pandemic-era protections.


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