On March 31, 2023, the Medicaid continuous enrollment condition ended, allowing states to begin terminating Medicaid coverage for the first time in over three years. Over the next year, states will be faced with the daunting task of unwinding this key protection and will resume routine eligibility and enrollment operations. Health coverage for millions, including many children and postpartum individuals, is now at risk. Individuals who provide supports to people affected by changes to their Medicaid benefits will play a critical role in helping navigate the return to routine policies. Those who work directly with enrollees should understand what is at stake during the unwinding, how to assist individuals maintain Medicaid or transition to other sources of coverage, and ensure that eligible individuals stay enrolled.
This project is generously supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Pritzker Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) as a part of a CARES Act award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), grant number H7DMC37565. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the funding organizations.