Florida has disenrolled nearly 250,000 individuals from its Medicaid program over the last month, the Tampa Bay Times reported May 17.
Florida's Medicaid program provides health coverage to more than 5 million people, including 1.8 million that were enrolled since early 2020. With Medicaid redeterminations now underway, the state has reviewed more than 461,000 people for eligibility so far, according to the report.
The nation had been under continuous Medicaid/CHIP enrollment since early 2020, which raised total enrollment by 20.2 million through October 2022 — a more than 28 percent increase in the program. On April 1, states could resume determining who is and is not eligible for Medicaid, eventually disenrolling 15 million people from the program, according to HHS.
In Florida, 80 percent of those disenrolled so far (205,000) did not respond to requests to update their information with the state. About 44,300 individuals make too much to be eligible and were referred to other coverage options.