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45,000 residents in Jefferson County at risk of losing their Medicaid health insurance

45,000 residents in Jefferson County at risk of losing their Medicaid health insurance

There is a risk of 45,000 Jefferson County residents who could lose their Medicaid health insurance. The Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services (DMS) began unwinding COVID-19-related policies and resumed eligibility certification for Medicaid enrollees beginning in April 2023. During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), Kentucky utilized Medicaid’s emergency authority to expand eligibility for Medicaid enrollment and suspend the renewal process. This allowed more than 240,000 Kentuckians to gain health insurance coverage.

In Jefferson County, 45,000 people will need to renew their Medicaid insurance actively, meaning they will be responsible for completing paperwork and turning in information that shows they are eligible for Medicaid.

“We cannot afford to have 45,000 people lose coverage because they don’t know what’s going on or they don’t know the next steps. We already know that people are losing coverage across the country, not because they are no longer eligible for the program, but because they weren’t ready to take action when needed,” said Mayor Greenberg. “

Last month, 74,000 people across Kentucky were contacted to renew their Medicaid insurance. Of those, 9,400 lost their insurance due to ineligibility, while more than 24,000 lost their insurance from needing to submit their paperwork.

“If we’ve learned anything from the last four years, it’s that hardworking families and Kentucky children can both access the care they need to improve their health and to contribute to their community in meaningful ways by maintaining healthcare insurance coverage,” said Priscilla Easterling, Outreach Coordinator at Kentucky Voices for Health. “It’s important to note that thousands of kids will remain Medicaid eligible even if their parents or guardians have become ineligible. Those who receive a notice and miss their renewal date should submit their information immediately. If a person loses coverage, they can request a reconsideration, file an appeal, or enroll in a qualified health plan through a special enrollment period.”

Those with Medicaid should follow three easy steps to help keep their insurance:

(1): Update their mailing address with DMS by calling 1-800-635-2570 or visit the kynect website (kynect.ky.gov).

(2): When you receive your Medicaid renewal notification, take action. The Medicaid renewal process in Kentucky will last through April 2024. Recipients or families are notified the month before their renewal with 30 days to complete the renewal process and 90 for retroactive coverage.

(3): Get free help with your renewal paperwork. Local application assistants can be found at Get-Covered-Lou.

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Park DuValle Community Health Center is a 501c3 non-profit, federally qualified health center that has served the local community for over 50 years. Park DuValle Community Health Center strives to adhere to the highest quality standards of patient care, regardless of patients’ insurance status or ability to pay. Employees of Park DuValle Community Health Center, Inc. are deemed to be federal employees qualified for protection under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).

Established in 1968, the Park DuValle Community Health Centers provides medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services to communities annually through a network of seven health center locations throughout Kentucky.  Learn more at www.pdchc.org.

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