Medicaid disenrollments top 1 million

More than 1 million people have been disenrolled from Medicaid as part of the redeterminations process, according to KFF. 

As of June 12, at least 1,027,000 people have lost Medicaid coverage, according to data reported by state agencies analyzed by KFF. Not all states have publicly reported data on Medicaid disenrollments. 

Around half of those disenrolled live in Florida, Arizona and Arkansas. Florida has disenrolled nearly 250,000 individuals as of June 12. 

Some states began terminating coverage for ineligible Medicaid recipients in April after continuous coverage requirements in place during the COVID-19 public health emergency ended. 

Many individuals who have lost Medicaid coverage were disenrolled because they did not return required paperwork or other procedural reasons, rather than being determined ineligible for the program. 

In seven states — Kansas, Indiana, Connecticut, West Virginia, Florida, Arkansas and New Hampshire — more than 80 percent of those disenrolled from Medicaid were due to procedural reasons, according to KFF's analysis. 

In a June 12 letter to state governors, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra urged states to do more to prevent procedural disenrollments. 

"I am deeply concerned with the number of people unnecessarily losing coverage, especially those who appear to have lost coverage for avoidable reasons that State Medicaid offices have the power to prevent or mitigate," Mr. Becerra wrote. 

The agency implemented new flexibility for states aimed at curbing the number of people unnecessarily disenrolled from the program. 

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