More than 4,000 people lost Medicaid coverage in September after failing to meet the state’s new work requirements but some people may not even know they’ve lost their insurance.
Under the law that went into effect in June, thousands of people receiving health insurance under Medicaid have to go online to report their work hours to continue receiving coverage. In early September, more than 4,300 people failed to meet the requirements and are no longer covered.
Laura Kellams, the executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, says many of those people may not realize they’ve been kicked off Medicaid until they actually need medical care.
Kellams said although the state made efforts to notify recipients about the new requirements, those on Medicaid often move frequently, work multiple jobs or are responsible for family members and therefore may not have received the notice.
“Folks could get surprise bills and that they could also show up and realize then right when it’s time to get necessary healthcare that they no longer have coverage and they’ll have to make some really difficult decisions,” Kellams explained.
Those who lost coverage in September will not be eligible to re-apply until January of next year.
There are more than 5,000 Medicaid recipients who are currently considered out of compliance with the new work requirements and could lose their coverage next month.
To report hours or check Medicaid status, click here.