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People Who Signed Up For Medicaid May Lose Their Coverage

(HealthDay News) — A new study suggests that those who exercise regularly have a lower risk of heart disease. When the COVID-19 public health emergency ends, a recent insurance coverage crisis in the United States may erupt.

According to an estimate by the Urban Institute, a social policy thinks tank, 15 million Americans who registered in Medicaid during the pandemic may lose their coverage. 

People Who Signed Up For Medicaid May Lose Their Coverage

This will happen when the emergency designation is lifted once the outbreak is contained. According to its experts, states may reduce disenrollment by ensuring that people are covered by health insurance via the federal health insurance Marketplace (HealthCare.gov). 

Based on a report issued by Matthew Buettgens, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C, The state, and federal officials still have time to examine how to effectively meet both Medicaid users’ demands for continued health coverage and the financial and administrative constraints placed on local and state governments before the public health emergency is declared over.

People Who Signed Up For Medicaid May Lose Their Coverage

 Before the public health emergency ends, state and federal policymakers have time to consider how best to address Medicare advantage beneficiaries’ needs for maintaining health coverage and the financial and administrative pressures on the state. 

Buettgens noted in a press release from the institute that States might take steps to prevent needless disenrollment and ensure that individuals who lose Medicaid coverage are aware of their alternative coverage choices, especially Marketplace coverage with premium tax credits. 

Researchers discovered that the continuous coverage requirement of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act would result in an increase in Medicaid enrollment of about 17 million people until the end of 2021 when the public health emergency is anticipated to be declared to be ended.

In all, 76.3 million Medicaid participants under the age of 65 would be affected by this change. During this emergency, state Medicaid organizations were prohibited from disenrolling people from their programs. 

According to the research, the number of Medicaid participants is expected to decrease by about 15 million next year, with 6 million children.

According to their findings, if the increased tax credits included in the American Rescue Plan Act were made permanent, the researchers projected that about one-third of people who lose Medicaid coverage would qualify for Marketplace premium tax credits. 

According to the research findings, about 57 percent of children would be eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and another 9 percent would be suitable for Marketplace coverage with tax credits. 

According to the academics who conducted the study, state initiatives to help with enrollment and coordination between Medicaid and the Marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act will be critical in ensuring that people have access to affordable coverage choices. 

The information issued by Avenel Joseph, vice president for policy at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funded the research. Increasing access to Medicaid improves health outcomes, especially among communities of color and low-income individuals. 

Access to affordable and comprehensive health care would make significant strides forward in the nation’s attempts to address long-standing racial and ethnic health disparities, which the pandemic has exacerbated.

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