Fact Sheet Most Adults in Medicaid-Enrolled Families Are Unaware of Medicaid Renewals Resuming in the Future
Jennifer M. Haley, Michael Karpman, Genevieve M. Kenney, Stephen Zuckerman
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In March 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act established a Medicaid continuous coverage requirement, prohibiting states from disenrolling people during the public health emergency (PHE) in exchange for enhanced federal Medicaid funding. After the PHE expires, state Medicaid agencies will resume regular renewals. We use Health Reform Monitoring Survey data from June 2022 to assess awareness of the resumption of Medicaid renewals, information sources about the change, and information about the change received by nonelderly adults who are covered by Medicaid or have a Medicaid-enrolled family member. We find the following:

  • Most adults with family Medicaid enrollment were not aware of the return to regular Medicaid renewals when the PHE expires.
  • Among the 37.0 percent of adults who had heard at least a little about the resumption of renewals, the most common source of information received was media, including social media, television, radio, and newspapers.
  • Of those who had heard about the forthcoming change from state agencies or health plans, the information provided was most commonly a notification of the need to renew coverage.

Low awareness of the resumption of Medicaid renewals indicates state programs may face significant information gaps among enrollees about the looming change.

Research Areas Health and health care
Tags COVID-19 Health insurance Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program 
Policy Centers Health Policy Center
Research Methods Data analysis Quantitative data analysis