There were at least 1.5 million Medicaid enrollees in 25 states and the District of Columbia. It has been registered since June 22Following the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. In Connecticut, at least 46,140 Medicaid recipients were enrolled as of May.
However, the Connecticut Department of Social Services said as of April, about one-third of those who lost coverage were enrolled in another program, such as Covered Connecticut, or in a qualifying health plan through Access Health City.
Claudio Gualtieri, undersecretary for health and human services in the Office of Policy and Management, said last week that 90% of Connecticut residents have some form of health insurance coverage.
“Those who don’t have coverage are going to be very challenging to reach,” Gualtieri said at an Access Health City board meeting.
According to the Department of Social Services, by the end of April, nearly 20,000 individuals who needed to take action to renew their Medicaid eligibility either had not done so or were determined to be ineligible and their coverage ended. That April group was reviewed for redetermination in March, April or May 2020 when unemployment rose during the outbreak.
That means that many individuals have experienced changed circumstances and their incomes may increase as the economy and labor market improve.
As of mid-June, more than 7,000 of these individuals had come back and reconfirmed their Medicaid eligibility, and another 1,300 were enrolled in Covered Connecticut or an eligible health plan.
As of the end of May, total Medicaid enrollment is down 1.1% from the peak of the epidemic.
According to the Department of Social Services, by the end of May nearly 25,000 individuals had either failed to renew their Medicaid eligibility or were determined to be ineligible and have lost coverage. Because May had a higher overall renewal rate than April, preliminary data indicates that the closing percentage in May is in line with April and the state expects similar results.
Nationally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 15 million people will lose Medicaid coverage when states review eligibility. Most of these people qualify for insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace or through an employer.
But 6.8 million people are expected to lose Medicaid coverage even if they qualify.
In Connecticut, the Recent numbers The Census on American Health Coverage estimates 184,000 Connecticut residents will be uninsured, or 5.2%, in 2021, down 23,000 from 2019, or 5.9%.