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1 in 4 Dropped from Medicaid Now Uninsured

Illinois has one of the highest Medicaid renewal rates in the U.S. at 78%, KFF shows by Bruce Japsen

EARLY ONE in four U.S. adults who say they were “disenrolled” from Medicaid health coverage as states unraveled a pandemic-era program are now uninsured, a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) shows.

So far, more than 20 million people, or 21% of enrollees, have been disenrolled from Medicaid as the program to keep people covered with health insurance during the pandemic is unwinding, according to the latest data KFF gathered from all 50 states and Washington, DC. Meanwhile, 43.6 million (46%) enrollees have had their coverage renewed, and 30.4 million (32%) are awaiting their Medicaid renewals, KFF research shows.

“About one in five enrollees say they were disenrolled from Medicaid coverage at some point in 2023 and about a quarter (23%) of those who were disenrolled remain uninsured,” KFF said in its analysis of the survey data published last month.

The KFF report comes almost a year after the Biden administration ended in May of last year the U.S. public health emergency, which had boosted the number of Americans covered by Medicaid.

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