Unwinding Continuous Medicaid Coverage

Millions of Americans currently enrolled in Medicaid are at risk of losing their health coverage and access to the care they need to get and stay healthy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress put in place protections to ensure that Medicaid enrollees were able to keep their health coverage with no disruptions. A December 2022 spending bill passed by Congress has ended these protections as of April 1st, 2023. States have begun reviewing the eligibility of every person enrolled in Medicaid, and dropping coverage for those who no longer qualify or do not provide updated information. 

Access to affordable coverage like Medicaid significantly improves chances of diagnosing, treating, and surviving cancer. Interruptions in insurance, like those that will result from the unwinding of continuous coverage, can have catastrophic effects on cancer patients who cannot delay treatment. ACS CAN is dedicated to improving the lives of people with cancer and their families through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.

Among patients with cancer, those with Medicaid coverage disruptions were significantly more likely to have advanced stage cancer and worse survival than patients without disruptions.

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Latest Updates

July 13, 2023

Approximately 77,000 individuals were disenrolled from the state Medicaid program in June, marking 219,126 disenrollments since Arkansas resumed eligibility reviews in Medicaid following the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 11, 2023

On Monday, the Arkansas Department of Human Services released a report showing that nearly 75,000 Arkansans lost Medicaid coverage in the first two months of the state’s redetermination of eligibility. More than 85% of them lost coverage for procedural reasons, not necessarily because they were no longer eligible.

December 20, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Early this morning Congress released a proposed FY 2023 funding deal that includes an increase of $2.5 billion for biomedical research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), $408 million more for cancer research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and provides a funding boost to cancer