The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 helped provide coverage to millions who lost their employer-provided health insurance during the pandemic. However, with the end of the public health emergency looming over the horizon, those citizens are set to lose the coverage provided by the act, setting the stage for an impending coverage crisis.
According to Joseph Burns, “Before the pandemic, states reviewed the income, age or disability status of those enrolled to see if they continued to qualify for the state and federal safety net program. That review was suspended during the PHE. But now state Medicaid officials face the significant task of reevaluating each person’s eligibility. Some state officials may also be assisting those enrollees in finding new jobs or new forms of health insurance or both, according to Kaiser Health News.”
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(Source: Managed Healthcare Executive, June 20th, 2022)