Many Medicaid beneficiaries don't know where to find other insurance: 5 things to know

Around a third of Medicaid enrollees say they would look for new coverage on the ACA exchange, while 1 in 4 said they would not know where to look for insurance if they lost their Medicaid coverage, a survey from KFF found. 

Another 15 percent said they would be uninsured if they lost their Medicaid coverage. 

The survey, published May 24, asked Medicaid beneficiaries about their knowledge of the redeterminations process. Here are five key findings to note: 

  1. Around 1 in 4 respondents correctly answered that states are allowed to remove individuals no longer eligible for Medicaid during the redeterminations process. Of the survey respondents, 65 percent said they were unsure if states could remove members from Medicaid rolls. 

  2. Around half of the enrollees surveyed said they had not been through a Medicaid renewal process before. 

  3. Around 2 in 3 of the Medicaid beneficiaries surveyed said they have provided their state Medicaid agency with updated contact information. 

  4. Over half of the survey respondents said they preferred to receive information about their Medicaid coverage through the mail. Just 8 percent said they preferred to receive information through text messaging. 

  5. One in 10 respondents said they had a change in income or status that could make them ineligible for Medicaid, and 1 in 4 said they were unsure if they were still eligible. 

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