Millions of people who rely on Medicaid could be kicked out of the program


WASHINGTON (AP) — If you get health care through Medicaid, you may lose that coverage next year.

About 84 million people are covered by the government-sponsored scheme, which has increased by 20 million since January 20, before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But when states start checking everyone’s Medicaid eligibility for the first time in three years, up to 14 million people could lose access to that health care.

See why more people may be ineligible for Medicaid next year and what you need to know if you’re one of those people who rely on the program.


At the start of the pandemic, the federal government barred states from deporting people from Medicaid, even if they were no longer eligible. Before the pandemic, people routinely lost Medicaid coverage if they made too much money to enroll in the program, started receiving health care through an employer, or moved to a new state.

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