A new study by researchers at New York University and Harvard University in Boston found that many people disenrolled from Medicaid during the redeterminations process were likely unaware they had coverage to begin with.

Medicaid redetermination is the process that states use to ensure that Medicaid enrollees continue to be eligible for Medicaid coverage.

In 2021, 2.7 million people with Medicaid coverage in 2021 reported becoming uninsured in 2022. Because states were prohibited from disenrolling people from Medicaid during the COVID-19 public health emergency, these individuals were likely unaware they retained their Medicaid coverage.

As of May 10, 2024, 21.9 million people have been disenrolled from Medicaid, according to KFF. Of those disenrolled, 69% had their coverage terminated for procedural reasons, such as failing to return required paperwork, rather than being determined ineligible for the program.

You can apply for Medicaid at any time! 
To find our if you are eligible for Medicade, visit the Louisiana Department of Health.
Two Steps to Keep Your Medicade Coverage
1. Get ready for renewals by keeping your contact information up to date so you can get important updates in the mail. Your contact information includes your address, cell and home phone numbers and email address. You can update or review your information online, by email or by phone. 
2. When you receive a letter in the mail from Louisiana Medicaid, follow the instructions in the letter so you don’t risk losing your coverage. 
For more information, visit the Louisiana Department of Health.

You can read the full study here.