CT Works on Post-Pandemic Medicaid Redeterminations
Friday, July 7, 2023
Like other states, Connecticut is in the middle of a yearlong process of re-determining people's eligibility for Medicaid.
When the Covid-19 public health emergency ended this spring, so did the government's requirement that states keep everyone on Medicaid enrolled. Now, that is unwinding.
The Kaiser Family Foundation says the pandemic brought an increase of more than 20% in Medicaid enrollees in Connecticut - a big jump, but around 11% lower than the national average.
As the unwinding process continues, Peter Hadler - a deputy commissioner at the state's Department of Social Services - said he wants to clarify some misconceptions about Medicaid redetermination.
"Something that was potentially misunderstood and that we've been working to correct is that not everyone is losing coverage," said Hadler. "Not everyone suddenly has to rush in at the end of this public health emergency declaration. We have been with federal guidance, and according to all the rules of the program - this is being planned with intentionality."
He added that people should be meticulous about renewing their benefits, rather than panic if they're contacted by DSS or Access Health CT.
Since the redetermination process began, more than 46,000 people in Connecticut have been disenrolled from Medicaid, according to Kaiser Family Foundation data. And a little over 131,000 people have had their coverage renewed.
For those facing loss of Medicaid coverage, there are some ways to get health insurance outside the traditional open enrollment period.
Marcus Robinson - president of markets for business, individual, and family plans with UnitedHealthcare - noted that a "qualifying life event" would trigger an opportunity for someone to gain insurance coverage.
"Say you're on employer coverage and you lose your coverage through your employer," said Robinson. "That's a qualifying life event that would allow you to go and get insurance outside of the open enrollment period, for the individual exchange."
Other "qualifying life events" include changing marital status, having or adopting a baby, or after a death in the family. Robinson noted that maintaining coverage also works to maintain your health.
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