White House Addresses Medicaid Cuts

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(TruthAndLiberty.com) – The Biden admin is urging states to slow down in cutting people from Medicaid after it was revealed that millions of Americans, some of whom were still eligible, have lost coverage.

On Tuesday, administration health officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stated that they were looking closely at state data and that they were worried about the increase in those who are losing coverage. They further noted that should states not abide by federal law, then the agency would be forced to take action.

CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure during a call with reporters revealed that where needed they would be quick to employ all “enforceable enforcement tools” in order to help ensure that states are following all the rules they need for the renewals. Medicaid enrollment reached a record high during the COVID-19 pandemic as states were blocked from ending coverage, even for people who were no longer eligible for the program. The safety net ended in April and states have for the first time in three years started to remove people from the program who are no longer eligible for it.

KFF in an analysis stated that the median disenrollment rate is 44 percent, but a high variation in the media rate across different states with the lowest rate being in Nebraska, at 12 percent, and the highest in Idaho at 73 percent. In some states, more than 80 percent of people have lost access to Medicaid because of “procedural reasons,” which could include not returning the necessary forms.

The Biden administration is trying to work with state officials to reduce the number of such cases, which could result in a lot of people losing access to Medicaid.

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