Medicaid Unwinding

At the Department of Community Health and the Department of Human Services, Georgia officials are preparing for when the federal public health emergency expires to conduct a full redetermination for eligibility of approximately 2.6 million Medicaid recipients.

This website will be regularly updated with important news, resources, and planning documents.

Currently, the federal public health emergency is set to expire on July 15, 2022. Health officials expect it to be renewed, but the timeline remains uncertain.

Background

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in March 2020. This law gave states a temporary 6.2% federal funding increase if states ensured continuous coverage for individuals on Medicaid starting March 18, 2020 through the end of the month in which a federally declared public health emergency expires. Currently, the federal public health emergency is set to expire on July 15, 2022 unless it is renewed for a maximum of ninety days by the Biden Administration. The emergency has been renewed several times throughout the pandemic.

Once the public health emergency expires, states must complete a full review – “redetermination – of all current Medicaid recipients to check for eligibility. There are roughly 2.6 million people on Medicaid in Georgia.   

Next Steps

Although the timeline for expiration of the federal emergency remains uncertain, Georgia Medicaid recipients can take action now. Through their Gateway account, they should make sure that their information is up-to-date, including phone number, address, job or income, and number of people in their household. Recipients are also encouraged to opt-in to paperless notifications for the fastest alerts.

 

Additional Resources

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