This month, over 47,000 Illinois residents denied Medicaid coverage for healthcare, joining millions of Americans losing Medicaid coverage as states require recipients to demonstrate their continued eligibility.
In total, 47,625 residents of Illinois terminated coverage on August 1, according to an email from Jamie Munks, a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
In the future months, more Illinois residents are anticipated to lose coverage.
The individuals that lost it this month were among the first to be asked to demonstrate their Medicaid eligibility. Each month, the state will send letters to new categories of Medicaid recipients requesting proof of eligibility.
The US government estimates that after the transition is finished, roughly 700,000 residents of Illinois could lose Medicaid coverage.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services estimates that nearly 384,000 Illinoisans might forfeit health insurance coverage.
Medicaid is a state and federally supported health insurance program for individuals with a low income and disabilities. Prior to this first round of redeterminations, Medicaid covered approximately 3.9 million Illinois residents.
Reasons Why Illinoisans Lost Coverage Under Medicaid
Thirteen thousand three hundred seventy-five Illinois residents lost coverage this month. Based on Munks, an additional 34,250 people lost their Medicaid coverage as they failed to respond to queries that confirmed their eligibility or because they did not provide the state with the necessary details.
It was determined that an additional 139,538 individuals remain eligible for Medicaid and will continue to receive coverage. The state has not yet determined whether an additional 13,830 individuals should remain on Medicaid.
Those that are no more eligible for Medicaid will be provided with information on how to obtain alternative coverage. Medicaid coverage can be reinstated for those who lost coverage because they did not comply with inquiries for information if the state receives the requisite information within 90 days.
People who lost Medicaid may be able to obtain coverage via their employers or the Affordable Care Act marketplace, but those who do nothing may be left without coverage.
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