As many as 18 million people could lose Medicaid coverage during the upcoming public health emergency unwinding.
With less than two months until states will be allowed to return to regular Medicaid renewal processes and disenroll individuals who no longer qualify for the program, 64 percent of adults in a Medicaid-enrolled family reported having no awareness that they may lose coverage.
- When compared to survey results from June 2022, the percent of adults reporting they had heard nothing at all about the return to regular Medicaid renewal processes ticked upward by about 2 percent (62% in June vs. 64.3% in December).
- Awareness was low across the country regardless of geographic region or whether or not the state has expanded Medicaid eligibility:
- Lack of awareness was above 60 percent in the Northeast (66.5%), Midwest (67.6%), South (63.4%), and West (61.3%).
- Lack of awareness was also above 60 percent in both Medicaid expansion states (64.5%) and non-expansion (63.7%) states.
Awareness of the impending resumption of Medicaid renewals remains low across the country. States and the federal government can help mitigate coverage loss by raising awareness that many families will soon need to take steps to maintain or find new health coverage.
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