February 20, 2023
Continuous enrollment in Pennsylvania’s Medicaid (MA) program expires after March 31, but many beneficiaries are unaware of the upcoming change.
An updated report this month from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute indicated that 64 percent of adults in a Medicaid-enrolled family reported during December that they were not aware that they may lose coverage.
The report underscores the importance of making beneficiaries aware of the upcoming change and pointing them to the available resources for coverage.
“Minimizing increases in uninsurance during unwinding will also likely require engaging community organizations and navigators to help people complete renewal processes or obtain other coverage that may be available, such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), subsidized marketplace plans, or employer coverage,” the report notes.
Among the important takeaways:
To ensure that patients and families covered by MA and CHIP continue to have health care coverage, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS)—in partnership with provider organizations, including HAP—has developed resources to help providers share important information with patients.
DHS’s stakeholder toolkit includes printable education materials, scripts for conversations with patients, and digital assets, such as social media posts and website graphics.
The toolkit is available online.
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