State Medicaid Rolls Shed 500,000 People after COVID-Inspired Rule Change Ended

One year after the enrollment requirements were reinstated, Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program has dropped about half a million people, going from a record high of 3.7 million participants to 3.2 million as of February, according to state data. Now, state and local officials are examining their efforts to keep people enrolled in health insurance during this transition phase as they make plans to improve the renewal process going forward. State officials said they launched proactive outreach and awareness campaigns to prepare people for the reinstated renewal requirements by sending multiple messages through email, text and postal mail. They wanted to limit the various kinds of challenges people could face when reapplying, officials said, especially for those who had never gone through a renewal process before. Click here to learn more.