Preparing for the Public Health Emergency’s (PHE) End of Continuous Medicaid Coverage:
Over 200,000 Miami-Dade County Medicaid recipients are at risk of losing coverage
Background: During the national COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (“PHE”), which began in March 2020 and is on-going, states receive additional federal funding if they agree to suspend Medicaid terminations during the PHE. This is referred to as the “continuous enrollment requirement.” As a result, Florida’s Medicaid enrollment has increased by approximately 1.5 million, and a significant number of current Medicaid beneficiaries who are no longer technically eligible remain covered.
After the federal government declares that the PHE has ended or the state decides to no longer accept the additional federal funding, normal Medicaid redeterminations and eligibility rules will return. The eligibility of approximately 5 million Florida Medicaid recipients will then be reviewed during what is referred to as the “PHE unwind.” Current enrollees who fail to complete the review, or who are no longer eligible will be terminated.
Impact of the continuous coverage provision on Miami-Dade County (MDC)’s Medicaid enrollment
Medicaid enrollment in MDC has increased by approximately 300,000 since March 2020. The largest rate of increase is among: 1) parents & caregivers, whose enrollment has increased by over 176,860 (255%); and 2) 19-20 year olds, where enrollment has more than tripled, going from 8,834 to 33,066 (274%). The attached Appendix details the increase for each of the major coverage groups at risk of losing Medicaid.
Groups at risk of losing coverage because they are no longer eligible for Medicaid include:
Materials on this website (also hyperlinked above) explain why each of these groups is likely to lose eligibility and what they need to do to prepare NOW–before the PHE unwind begins.
Greatest impact: Those most likely to lose Medicaid are also those who have experienced the highest rate of increase– parents/caregivers now over income for Medicaid and 19-20 year olds. They are at risk because they are now over Florida’s meager income limit for these groups, which is only about 30% of the federal poverty level (FPL), e.g. $582/month for a family of 3.
Children at risk of losing coverage due to procedural issues: While many children currently enrolled are still eligible for Medicaid (or Kidcare) because the family income is under the applicable limit, experts estimate a coverage loss or interruption of 18% due to administrative & procedural issues. Thus, In MDC, over 60,000 children are likely to lose coverage even though they remain technically eligible.
If you have individual client referrals or would like to join a listserv for PHE updates and local/state outreach efforts, please contact Bryan Ortiz, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions, please contact Miriam Harmatz, email@example.com.
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