Becker's Healthcare March 21, 2023
State Medicaid agencies are facing staff shortages as they prepare to process Medicaid enrollment and eligibility verification for the first time in three years.
According to a survey by Kaiser Family Foundation of all 50 state Medicaid agencies and the District of Columbia published March 21, the majority of states have a high number of vacant positions for staff determining Medicaid eligibility and at call centers.
Starting April 1, states can begin disenrolling Medicaid members for the first time since the COVID-19 public health emergency took effect in 2020. States Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed estimated around 18 percent of their current members will lose their coverage.
In seven states, eligibility staff vacancy rates are higher than 20...