Maryland Department of Health Data Shows Status of Post-COVID Medicaid Purge

Medicaid eligibility redetermination began in May and the initial round of results are available on the Maryland Department of Health website. 

As previously reported on the Conduit Street Blog, an initial estimate from the State saw a potential loss of coverage for 80,000 Maryland residents as Medicaid emergency coverage provisions from COVID were rolled back. As of last week, a press release from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) showed just shy of 35,000 members were disenrolled –  about 10,000 due to loss of eligibility and about 25,000 for procedural reasons. According to the release, those 25,000 disenrolled have 120 days to submit their redetermination information to be considered. Of all cases reconsidered in this round, 76,000 individuals maintained coverage, which MDH believes to be an encouraging start.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicaid participants were not required to provide renewal information to maintain coverage. As the federal emergency came to an end last month, so did the leniency that was granted. With the emergency now suspended, federal law requires states to begin verifying eligibility information over the course of the next year. The numbers above reflect the first month of eligibility redeterminations and are expected to fluctuate as evaluations continue.

In an effort to streamline the process and minimize the number of procedural disenrollments, MDH has taken a number of steps to get the word out to residents including marketing campaigns, text messaging, mail, and email notifications. In some instances the department was able to cross-reference the most current information they had on file for individuals receiving support from both Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If the SNAP eligibility information had been updated, then that person’s eligibility could be established with existing data, saving the recipient the additional step.

To stay up to date on the status of the Medicaid re-enrollment, MDH has made the information available here. This site also includes information about how eligible individuals can check-in and update their information to avoid a coverage lapse.