Health Care

Poll: As millions lose coverage, many Americans unaware of Medicaid unwinding

Two-thirds have heard little or nothing about states’ efforts to redetermine enrollees’ eligibility.
Maryland Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, a Democrat who chairs the Maryland House and Government Operations Committee, speaks at a news conference on Thursday, May 11, 2023 in Annapolis, Md. in front of the Maryland State House. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Large numbers of Americans are unaware of the so-called Medicaid unwinding, more than eight months after the end of the Covid-era halt of disenrollments prompted states to begin culling millions of people from the health insurance program, according to a poll by the health policy research organization KFF.

Most Medicaid enrollees, 58%, have heard little or nothing about states’ ongoing efforts to redetermine enrollees’ eligibility, which is resulting in individuals losing their Medicaid coverage, the survey found. An even larger share of the general public, 68%, said they have heard little or nothing about the issue.

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