October 8, 2023

Florida kicked 63,000 people off Medicaid during the pandemic, report shows

Christopher O'Donnell writes:

"Even as Florida accepted billions of federal dollars to keep people enrolled in Medicaid during the pandemic, the state terminated medical coverage for almost 63,000 residents, according to a new federal audit.

The 'continuous coverage' protection for Medicaid recipients was put in place through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, passed in March 2020 as COVID-19 cases began spreading across the nation. States received billions of dollars in additional funding in exchange for keeping people covered through the health insurance program.


The findings are likely to intensify criticism of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration over its handling of Medicaid. Florida has removed 520,000 people from the program since the end of the public health emergency, when it began a review of the eligibility of roughly 5 million recipients. Almost half of those who lost medical coverage are children, state data shows.

'It is confounding that the state appears to have violated the terms of the ‘continuous coverage’ provision,' said Sadaf Knight, CEO of the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]. 'This is indicative of the continued systemic issues that are actively contributing to one of the worst health care crises for Floridians with low incomes.'"

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