Ohio is one of the states that is unwinding its Medicaid program. This means that the state is reviewing the eligibility of every person enrolled in Medicaid and disenrolling those who are no longer eligible.
The unwinding process in Ohio began on February 1, 2023. The state expects to disenroll approximately 220,000 people from Medicaid as a result of the unwinding process.
There are several reasons why people may lose their Medicaid coverage during the unwinding process. Some people may no longer meet the income or asset requirements for Medicaid. Others may have gotten a different job or had their hours increased, which could make them ineligible for Medicaid. Still others may have moved to a new state that has different eligibility requirements for Medicaid.
Whatever the reason, losing Medicaid coverage can have a devastating impact on people's lives. Without health insurance, people may not be able to afford to see a doctor or get the medications they need. This can lead to serious health problems, even death.
The unwinding process is also likely to have a significant impact on the healthcare system in Ohio. When people lose their Medicaid coverage, they are more likely to go without needed medical care. This can lead to a loss of revenue for hospitals and other healthcare providers.
The unwinding process is a complex and challenging one. It is important to be aware of the potential impact of the unwinding process and to take steps to protect yourself and your family.
Here are some tips to help you stay covered during the unwinding process in Ohio:
- Check your Medicaid eligibility status. You can do this by contacting the Ohio Department of Medicaid or by visiting the Medicaid website.
- If you are eligible for Medicaid, make sure you renew your coverage on time. You can do this by contacting the Ohio Department of Medicaid or by visiting the Medicaid website. https://medicaid.ohio.gov/news/press-release/01-12-2023-congress-sets-april-1-2023-as-the-official-start-date-for-medicaid-eligibility-renewals
- If you are not eligible for Medicaid, you may be eligible for other forms of health insurance, such as the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace. You can find information about these programs on the Medicaid website or the ACA website.
- If you lose your Medicaid coverage, you may be able to get help paying for your healthcare through a program like the ACA's premium tax credit. You can find information about these programs by contacting our office.
The unwinding process is a major change for millions of people. It is important to be aware of the potential impact of the unwinding process and to take steps to protect yourself and your family.