Virginia reinstates 45,000 Medicaid members disenrolled through glitch

Virginia reinstated around 45,000 people improperly removed from its Medicaid program, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sept. 20. 

Around half of those reinstated are children, according to the report. Those reinstated will have their eligibility reevaluated by Sept. 30, after Virginia upgrades its automated system. 

On Aug. 30, CMS sent a letter to Medicaid directors in all 50 states, warning them automatic renewal systems in several states are calculating eligibility at the family income level, rather than the individual level. The glitch can result in improper disenrollments, especially for children, because family members may have different eligibility requirements. 

Nevada reinstated 114,000 individuals disenrolled from Medicaid because they did not return renewal documents. 

As of Sept. 20, at least 7.2 million people have been disenrolled from Medicaid, according to KFF. Of those disenrolled, 73 percent were removed for procedural reasons, rather than behind deemed ineligible for the program. 

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