skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Federal funds boost Northeast high-speed EV charging network; the Heat Dome remains the top story over more than half the nation; Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in TX face health disparities; Groups debunk claims of 'skyrocketing' numbers of non-citizen voters.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

U.S. House passes the National Defense Authorization Act, with hard-right amendments. Political scientists say they worry a second Trump presidency could 'break' American democracy, while farmers voice concerns about the Farm Bill.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

Medicaid Redetermination in NC: Thousands at Risk of Losing Coverage

play audio
Play

Thursday, July 13, 2023   

North Carolinians face a significant challenge as the federal provision preventing states from removing Medicaid participants from their coverage in the first three years of the pandemic has expired.

The change has put thousands of residents at risk of losing their health coverage in the coming year through a process called redetermination.

Rebekah Garcia, supervising attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina, expects 300,000 people to be ineligible for Medicaid. She also noted some people may lose coverage if they fail to respond to requests for information regarding their eligibility.

"One of our largest concerns at Legal Aid of North Carolina is that individuals who are still eligible are going to be disenrolled or terminated simply because of an administrative reason," Garcia emphasized. "Having the wrong, address with DSS, so they're not receiving those notices."

In order to avoid any issues, Garcia advised individuals to check with the Department of Social Services and ensure their contact information is kept up to date for receiving notifications. She added it is important to note if you do happen to lose coverage, there are options available. You can either contact Social Services within 90 days with the required information, or take advantage of a special enrollment period open until next May 24, and sign up for a qualified plan.

Another important issue they face is the possible loss of coverage for many children if notices are not interpreted correctly. Garcia pointed out eligibility requirements have multiple categories which may qualify children for assistance even if their parents do not.

"The income limits are very low, about 45% of the federal poverty level in order to qualify, whereas the income levels for children are much higher," Garcia explained. "It's at about 211% of the federal poverty level."

Garcia added they understand the process could get confusing, so Legal Aid of North Carolina, along with Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Pisgah Legal Services, has created NCMedHelp.org, a website to serve as a vital resource for beneficiaries seeking advice on Medicaid eligibility and next steps.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
A U.S. Water Alliance report finds maintaining Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding in water infrastructure could reduce service disruptions to water-reliant businesses, saving them 46% over 20 years. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Recent reports are calling on Virginia and the U.S. to invest in water infrastructure. The U.S. Water Alliance's Bridging the Gap report reviews two …


Social Issues

play sound

After a recent flurry of claims that Democrats are allowing immigrants into the country illegally in order to register them to vote in the upcoming U.…

Environment

play sound

Despite the official start of the summer season on Thursday, climate change is exacerbated by extreme weather events in the Keystone State. The …


Social Issues

play sound

As the 2024 presidential elections approach, the nonpartisan Michigan League of Women Voters is intensifying its efforts to combat disinformation …

Environmental groups are working to attract more Latino families to enjoy the great outdoors on public lands such as the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area in southern Inyo County. (Louis Medina)

Environment

play sound

Conservation groups are circulating a petition asking the feds to give "America the Beautiful National Parks and Recreation Lands" passes to new citiz…

Social Issues

play sound

An Ohio program that provides help for foster parents of children with complex behavioral issues is expanding. It offers 24/7 on-call crisis …

Social Issues

play sound

A new mobile market is tackling food deserts in North Carolina, where 1.4 million people struggle to find healthy food. Ripe for Revival, a nonprofit …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021