1 in 4 of those disenrolled from Medicaid are uninsured: 5 things to know

Around 1 in 4 Medicaid beneficiaries disenrolled during the redeterminations process are now uninsured, according to a survey from KFF. 

At least 20 million people have been disenrolled from Medicaid as of April 11, according to KFF. The research organization surveyed 1,227 individuals who had Medicaid coverage between January and March 2023. 

In April 2023, states began the process of determining Medicaid beneficiaries' eligibility for the program for the first time since 2020. According to KFF's survey, published April 12, around 48% of those who said they were disenrolled from Medicaid during the process reenrolled in the program. Another 28% found other forms of coverage, and 23% are uninsured. 

Here are five other findings to note: 

  1. Employer-sponsored insurance was the most common form of coverage for those disenrolled from Medicaid who switched to other insurance. 

  2. Cost was the most common reason uninsured people surveyed said they had not found other coverage. 

  3. Around half of Medicaid enrollees surveyed reported hearing little or nothing at all about the Medicaid unwinding process in the past year. Around 7 in 10 reported receiving information about renewing their coverage. 

  4. Around 1 in 3 Medicaid enrollees surveyed reported the renewal process was difficult overall. 

  5. Of the enrollees surveyed, 64% reported taking some action to renew their Medicaid coverage. Of those who took action, around 6 in 10 reported some kind of problem renewing their coverage. Long call center wait times was the most commonly reported problem. 

See the full survey here. 

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