Disenrollment pause results in 15,000 additional Medicaid renewals in Michigan

Michigan will give Medicaid enrollees an extra month to return enrollment forms before their coverage is terminated through 2024, the state's department of health and human services said July 26. 

The state had previously extended renewal deadlines by one month for beneficiaries with a June 30 deadline to recertify their eligibility, allowing them until July 31 to return paperwork before their coverage was terminated. The approach resulted in 15,000 additional renewals in the state, according to a news release from the health and human services department. 

The state will allow enrollees an extra month to respond to paperwork through May 2024, based on success of the approach, according to the news release. 

Minnesota will also extend eligibility deadlines for members facing a July 31 deadline to recertify their eligibility. 

The one month extension for returning paperwork to state Medicaid agencies is one of several additional flexibilities CMS implemented in June, aimed at reducing the number of people losing Medicaid coverage because of procedural reasons. 

According to KFF, as of July 27, at least 3.79 million people have been disenrolled from Medicaid during the redeterminations process. Of those disenrolled, 73 percent were due to procedural reasons, rather than being determined ineligible for the program.  

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