January 23, 2023

The end of the Public Health Emergency is bad news for many

Enrollment in Medicaid and the CHIP program (health care for children) increased 28 percent throughout the pandemic. There are now 91 million Americans enrolled in these health care programs as the requirement to prove eligibility has been suspended throughout the Public Health Emergency (PHE). But that is about to come to an end.

Once the PHE is no longer in effect, it is estimated that between 5 and 14 million will lose their health care coverage during the "winding down" of this suspension. Much will depend on how efficiently each state prepares for and manages the paperwork and bureaucracy that these massive redeterminations require. 

KFF's "10 Things to Know About the Unwinding of the Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Provision"

But hey, it must not be a potential health care access crisis for a lot of people or you would have heard about it already, right?