What does it mean for Louisiana to have Medicaid Unwinding?
Medicaid's Continuous Renewal ended on March 31, 2023. "Unwinding" is the process of the Medicaid program returning to Eligibility Checks, Renewals and Terminations on a regular basis again. This has not happened for over 3 years, since March of 2020. During the pandemic, no checks were being performed and participants in Medicaid didn't have to do anything to keep their Medicaid coverage active from year to year. You could end up with a gap in health insurance coverage or uninsured!
Are you at risk of losing your Medicaid coverage?
- Have you moved since the pandemic started?
- Are you homeless?
- Is your contact information outdated?
Barriers that could increase your risk of losing coverage:
- Difficulty getting through on the phone due to long wait times
- Language barriers
- Difficult forms and confusing language in letters
- Being unable to get the documents you need for the verification process
What do you need to do?
- Watch your mail for the pink letters from Medicaid
- Respond to phone calls and mail from Mediciad
- Keep your contact information up to date ie address, phone number, email address
Pink letters will be going out from April 1, 2023 to April 1, 2024. Be on the lookout! If you're not sure about your information being up to date, call or make an in-person appointment at your local Medicaid office. You do have some other options. If you fall in a gap or lose your coverage, you may qualify for a MarketPlace Plan.
You can lose your coverage even if you are qualified, due to their inabilty to contact you or verify your information.
Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana is a great place to go to get the information and assistance you need.