In some states, hundreds of thousands dropped from Medicaid

Hundreds of thousands of people are being dropped from Medicaid in several US states, mainly due to administrative issues.

What’s happening: States have begun to remove people from Medicaid after the expiration of a rule that had suspended the removal process during the COVID-19 pandemic.
* State Medicaid programs are now reviewing eligibility for roughly 90 million beneficiaries in the US.
* Those who remain eligible should keep their coverage, while those who are not will lose it.
* Many people are losing coverage not because of income but due to administrative problems like missing renewal notifications.

By the numbers: In Florida, nearly 250,000 people lost coverage in April, with 82% of them being dropped for procedural reasons, according to data provided by the state to federal health officials.
* Many of those losing coverage are children, as Florida did not expand Medicaid to more low-income adults.
* A poll by KFF found that 65% of Medicaid enrollees across the country were unaware states can now remove people from the program if they are ineligible or don’t complete the renewal process.

What to watch: Some states, like Arkansas and Indiana, have also seen large drops in Medicaid coverage, while others like Arizona and Pennsylvania have reported more reassuring figures.
* Federal health officials have the power to require states to pause disenrolling people from Medicaid if there are problems but have not yet used that enforcement power.
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