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Many Area Residents May Lose Medicaid Coverage Next Month
State officials say more than 3,000 Iowans including those in the area, are on track to lose their Medicaid coverage by June 1st. During the pandemic, the state was forbidden from dis-enrolling anyone from Medicaid except in limited circumstances. That rule ended last month, which is when Iowa Health and Human Services officials started mailing out Medicaid eligibility re-determination forms. State Medicaid Director Elizabeth Matney says the state is trying multiple approaches to reach people.
About half of the forms have not yet been returned. Matney says that may be because the state is first targeting members who are most likely to no longer qualify.
State officials expect this Medicaid unwinding process to take about a year.