Nearly 23,000 Michigan residents have lost Medicaid coverage since the state began reviewing Medicaid eligibility in June.
The federal government ended a three-year freeze that had been preventing people from losing coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michigan has extended the deadline to submit updated paperwork.
Meghan Groen at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says many residents lost coverage because their income level is too high to qualify for medicaid. Others did not submit updated paperwork.
“We were able, in Michigan, to give folks that extra month to get their paperwork back,” Groen says. “But if they are not able to get the paperwork in, and we’re not able to verify their eligibility, then they will be dis-enrolled.”
Medicaid beneficiaries now have up to 60 days to return updated paperwork.
Michigan Radio reporter Taylor Bowie contributed to this story.
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