When the COVID 19 Pandemic struck, Medicaid agencies paused eligibility reviews so those with benefits could keep them. Soon, all states will return to their Medicaid eligibility reviews. This review process is also called Medicaid “renewal,” “redetermination” or “recertification.”
When will eligibility reviews resume? Depends on which state. Some states started the renewal process in February with Medicaid disenrollments to be effective as soon as April 1st. Each state has developed their own plan for when they will restart renewal activities.
How Do These Changes Affect Medicare Recipients? Medicaid recipients who do not return their renewal paperwork or do not requalify for Medicaid will be disenrolled from Medicaid. People who lose their Medicaid coverage will be placed in a 6-month grace period. These Medicare/Medicaid people who do not regain their Medicaid coverage will be disenrolled from the plan and need to change plans and get new Medicare coverage.
Kingers Medicare will help any impacted existing customers or new customers try to regain Eligibility status. If unsuccessful, we will assist anyone who calls us to find them a plan that is as close as possible to what they had. This will no doubt be a disruption, but we are here to help Medicare recipients.