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Millions Lose Medicaid Coverage, Cost Cited as Biggest Hurdle!

Americans Losing Medicaid coverage

United States: Over a quarter of Americans who lost their COVID pandemic period Medicaid coverage reported to be now uninsured, according to the recent reports.

Over a majority (54 percent) of the above already uninsured group said the cost was the reason why they could not have insurance, which has been the biggest hurdle to covered under health insurance.

About the survey on Medicaid insurance recipients

The survey questionnaire carried out this February and March by KFF (which stood for the Kaiser Family Foundation in the past), got the responses of 1,227 adults.

Among those interviewed are those who had Medicaid insurance at the start of 2023. It was composed of individuals who reported having Medicaid coverage in early 2023, before the restoration of eligibility rules that were in place before April 1, 2023.

There was shown in the 19 percent (one in five people) of recipients of Medicaid in early 2023 that later that year they dropped out, that is what a survey found.

Seventy percent of those people say that they had gone through a phase when they had no health insurance provision after that.

According to the US News, most did eventually gain insurance: Forty-seven percent of them were given another trial and managed to get reinstated on Medicaid, while another 28 percent said they found their own insurance through their jobs, Medicare, ACA’s health insurance marketplace, or military-based health care.

More than a third of those people who desired to recover some kind of coverage reported that they found the procedure hard, the survey found, and around half of them (48 percent) decided that it was terrible.

Findings of the survey

Long phone queues and pages after pages of paperwork with no idea what paperwork needed to be submitted were common complaints

Kate McEvoy, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors was quoted saying that she is worried about certain states because millions of people are currently being redetermined for eligibility and call centers were overwhelmed.

As noted by McEvoy, States did reach out to their enrollees in different ways prior to the post-pandemic adjustments in eligibility through media campaigns, texts, emails, or even apps.

She added, however, “Until the moment your coverage is at stake, it’s hard to penetrate people’s busy lives,” as US News reported.

Interruptions in coverage can have an almost immediate impact on health: Close to two-thirds (56 percent) of those who were surveyed by KFF said they didn’t care about health care despite having missed some necessary health care or prescribed medication while waiting to get back cover.

Despite the uncertainty of the cost, the number of individuals who have other medical insurance other than Medicaid is growing.

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