Hill March 22, 2023
Nathaniel Weixel

Health officials are bracing for chaos as states begin to determine — for the first time in three years — who is eligible for Medicaid, as a key pandemic policy of guaranteed eligibility ends.

Advocates warn that without a safety net, millions of vulnerable people will fall through the cracks and lose coverage.

The Biden administration is giving states a year to go through the once-routine process of sorting through Medicaid rolls, though some are moving much faster.

Arkansas for instance will speed through the redetermination process in only six months, citing cost concerns and the goal of Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) to push people to “escape the trap of government dependency.”

Eight states began the renewal...

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