May 2023 Fraud Fact

Jun 29, 2023

Will “Unwinding” the COVID-19 State of Emergency impact Medicaid beneficiaries?

Medicaid is a government-run health insurance program for low-income individuals and families of all ages. During the COVID-19 State of Emergency, Medicaid recipients could not lose coverage due to the
continuous Medicaid enrollment provision. After a three-year pause, state employees are now checking the eligibility status of Missouri Medicaid beneficiaries. According to MO HealthNet, the number of Medicaid enrollees has grown from over 900,000 Medicaid enrollees to more than 1.4 million since 2020, an increase of roughly 56%. It’s estimated that nearly 200,000 Medicaid beneficiaries could lose coverage if they no longer qualify. Some may be re-enrolled over time if eligibility can be proven. There is also a special enrollment period at the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace on through July 31, 2024 for those losing coverage.

1. If you are a Medicaid enrollee and your address has changed in the last three years, please update your contact information with the Family Support Division by calling 800-373-4636.
2. Watch your mailbox for a letter for more information. It will typically arrive around the anniversary month of your initial enrollment between April 2023 and April 2024. If you receive a Medicaid renewal form, fill it out
and return it as soon as possible to avoid a gap in your Medicaid coverage.
3. If you no longer qualify for Medicaid, you can enroll for affordable coverage at the Health Insurance Marketplace through July 31, 2024. Call the Marketplace Call Center at 800-318-2596 for help.


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This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90MPPG0040, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.