The COVID-19 pandemic and federal mitigation efforts led to unprecedented Medicaid enrollment, largely thanks to the Medicaid continues coverage requirement, which prevents state Medicaid agencies from disenrolling beneficiaries during the PHE. One of the most urgent issues facing policymakers is what happens to the health coverage of these millions of new enrollees after the PHE ends.
The Medicaid continuous coverage requirement has provided stable health coverage to millions of people during the pandemic, but the longer it lasts, the more people will be affected after it ends. Researchers say states must prepare now to minimize inappropriate disenrollment and losses of health coverage.
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