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Florida among top states for children losing health coverage post-COVID

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After Texas, a new report shows Florida has seen the second-largest decline in the number of children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Of the 4.16 million fewer children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP nationally, Florida accounts for nearly 600,000 enrollment declines – according to a report by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, tracking the Medicaid unwinding since COVID-related coverage protections were lifted.

Alison Yager, executive director with the Florida Health Justice Project, said it’s more like a crisis has been unfolding in Florida – and they’ve long been sounding the alarm.

“This, at its most extreme, can be a question of life or death, really,” said Yager, “and short of that, we’re seeing far too many families having to now scramble to figure out what’s going to change in their monthly budget so they can now pay for whatever medication their kids require.”

Yager cautioned that even if families qualify for one of Florida’s KidCare programs, there are gaps in coverage.

Going without insurance, even briefly, can cause people to delay seeking care and leave them financially vulnerable when they do.

In February, the state sued the Center for Medicaid Services to stop them from enforcing 12 month continuous eligibility in the state’s CHIP program.

The report is based on administrative data from the states to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Joan Alker – executive director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown – said Texas, Florida, Georgia and California accounted for half of the total national decline in kids with health insurance.

“This is a real crisis in these states for families whose children rely on Medicaid, but also for the providers that serve them – pediatricians and clinics,” said Alker. “The system is really getting shaken up.”

An April survey by KFF reveals that almost one fourth of adults who were removed from Medicaid – the program for low-income individuals – after pandemic-related protections ended last spring, now report being uninsured.

Informe: FL entre los estados con más niños que pierden cobertura médica post-COVID

children losing health coverage post-COVID

Un nuevo informe muestra que Florida, despues de Texas, ha experimentado la segunda mayor disminucion en el numero de ninos inscritos en Medicaid y en el Programa de Seguro Medico para Ninos.

De los 4.16 millones menos de ninos inscritos en Medicaid y CHIP, Florida representa casi 600,000 disminuciones en la inscripcion, segun un informe del Centro para Ninos y Familias de la Universidad de Georgetown, que realiza un seguimiento de la “reversion” de Medicaid desde que se levantaron las protecciones de cobertura relacionadas con el COVID.

Alison Yager del Proyecto de Justicia de Salud de Florida dice que es a href=”https://ccf.georgetown.edu/2024/04/17/it-looks-like-florida-is-cutting-children-off-chip-in-violation-of-federal-rules/” target=”_blank”>una crisis que se ha estado desarrollando y que lleva mucho tiempo haciendo sonar la alarma.

“En su caso mas extremo, puede ser una cuestion de vida o Muerte,” dice Yager, “y fuera de eso, estamos viendo demasiadas familias que tienen que luchar para averiguar que va a cambiar en su presupuesto mensual para poder pagar por cualquier medicamento que sus hijos necesitan.”

Yager advierte que incluso si las familias cumplen con los requisitos para uno de los programas KidCare de Florida, existen lagunas en la cobertura.

Quedarse sin seguro, aunque sea brevemente, puede hacer que la gente retrase la busqueda de atencion medica y los deje financieramente vulnerables cuando lo hagan.

En febrero, el estado demando al Centro de Servicios de Medicaid para que dejara de aplicar la elegibilidad continua de 12 meses en el programa CHIP del estado.

El informe se basa en datos administrativos facilitados por los estados a los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid.

Joan Alker, del Centro para Ninos y la Familias de la Universidad de Georgetown, afirma que Texas, Florida, Georgia y California representaron la mitad de la disminucion nacional total de ninos con seguro medico.

“Es una crisis real en estos estados para las familias cuyos hijos dependen de Medicaid, pero tambien para los proveedores como pediatras y clinicas que los atienden,” asegura Alker. “El sistema esta realmente sacudiendose.”

Una encuesta realizada en abril por KFF revela que casi una cuarta parte de los adultos a los que se les retiro Medicaid, el programa para personas con bajos ingresos, despues de que terminaran las protecciones relacionadas con la pandemia la primavera pasada, ahora informan no estar asegurados.

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