January 19, 2023

Medicaid coverage to end in April for nearly 1 million in Florida [Tampa Bay Times]

Christopher O'Donnell, Romy Ellenbogen, and Lawrence Mower write:

"About 900,000 Floridians, if not more, could lose medical coverage through the state’s Medicaid program beginning April 1, as the pandemic federal public health emergency comes to a close, state officials said.

More than 5.6 million Floridians receive Medicaid, or about a quarter of the state’s population, a large share of them poor children. The rolls have swollen by nearly 1.8 million people since 2020, when the federal government paid states extra money to keep people covered during the pandemic, even if they were no longer eligible.


But many of those losing Medicaid will not be eligible for those programs, effectively creating a 'looming tidal wave' of hundreds of thousands of newly uninsured people, said Erica Monet Li, a policy analyst at Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], a Tallahassee nonprofit.

'This is a historic number of Floridians to potentially lose health coverage — 1 in 22 people — and all within the span of under 12 months,' Li said."

Read the rest of the story at: tampabay.com

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