Thousands of Ohio Residents Are Losing Medicaid Coverage

Jake Wells

Is someone you care about currently enrolled in Ohio's Medicaid health insurance program? If that's the case, it's important for you to be aware of upcoming significant changes that will affect this program.

More than 500,000 people across 11 states have lost their Medicaid coverage since the unwinding of a policy that allowed people to stay in the program throughout the pandemic. (source)

Medicaid has been operating under different regulations ever since a federal emergency was declared on Jan. 31, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which included a requirement that Medicaid programs keep people continuously enrolled through the end of the month in which the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) stops.

During this time, Ohio could not remove individuals from their Medicaid rolls as long as the public health emergency was in effect. But now that is changing.

What to do if you're on Medicaid

According to the Ohio Department of Medicaid, normal operations started several months ago. As a result, some Ohio Medicaid members will be disenrolled from the program.

The first round of termination letters being mailed to those who are no longer eligible. That's why it is very important to make sure that your contact information is up to date. (source)

For more information, you can visit the Ohio Benefits website here.

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