8.6M people disenrolled from Medicaid: 9 notes for dentists

At least 8,696,000 people have been disenrolled from Medicaid as of Oct. 11, according to data from KFF.

KFF has been tracking Medicaid enrollment since May 3 after the continuous enrollment requirement enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic ended on March 31. The tracker uses information from state websites and CMS.

KFF noted that its tracker, which is updated regularly when new data is available, could undercount the number of disenrollments because of delays in state reporting.

Here are nine notes on Medicaid disenrollments:

1. More than 94 million people were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in March 2023.

2. States began the disenrollment process during different months. Four states started in April, while 20 other states began the process in June. Oregon started the process in October.

3. KFF reported a wide variation between state disenrollment figures that could be attributed to factors such as differences in renewal policies and system capacity.

4. Texas has reportedly disenrolled 917,600 people, the most of any state. It also renewed coverage for 474,700 people.

5. Seventy-two percent of all disenrolled people had their coverage terminated for procedural reasons, which can include people who did not complete the renewal process.

6. New Mexico reported the highest rate of procedural disenrollments. The state disenrolled 124,700 people, 97% of whom were disenrolled for procedural reasons.

7. Oregon disenrolled 109,900 people, 96% of whom were deemed ineligible for coverage, the highest percentage rate of any state.

8. Children accounted for 40% of Medicaid disenrollments in the 19 states that reported age breakouts.

9. The CareQuest Institute for Oral Health warned in April that more than 14 million adults who are on Medicaid could lose their dental coverage as part of the redetermination process.

Source: 8.6M people disenrolled from Medicaid: 9 notes for dentists / Becker’s Dental + DSO Review

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