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Avoid the Great ‘Unwinding’ — 15 Million at Risk of Losing Medicaid

Was Live Friday, Jan 27, 2023 | 11 am PT

Guest Speakers

  • Farah Erzouki, she/her, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Laura Guerra-Cardus, she/her, Director of State Medicaid Strategy
  • Kristen Testa, Director, California Health Programs, Children Partnership

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Event Overview

On April 1, 2023, states will resume reviewing all 86.7 million Medicaid enrollees’ eligibility for the first time since the pandemic started and will begin ending coverage for those found ineligible.

This process is called “unwinding” and, according to estimates, it could result in up to 15 million people leaving the program.

Medicaid Eligibility

Eligible individuals and families — particularly people of color and children — are at risk of losing coverage during the unwinding process despite remaining eligible for Medicaid or becoming eligible for other types of low-cost coverage, due to administrative hurdles they must overcome to maintain their coverage.

EMS has teamed up with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) to bring this topic to the attention of our audiences and to explain how to avoid losing badly needed coverage. An expert from The Children’s Partnership, based in California, will also speak.

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