120,000+ at risk of losing Medicaid Coverage in Alabama. What can you do?

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120,000+ at risk of losing Medicaid Coverage in Alabama. What can you do? 1

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, the State of Alabama is checking the eligibility of all Medicaid members. 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBS of Alabama) is stepping up to serve as a resource for Alabamians who are at risk of losing their Medicaid coverage.

(Call BCBS of Alabama’s  toll-free number  855-890-7416)

Public Health Emergency Ended

Because the Covid-19 public health emergency ended on May 11, 2023, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which prevented states from removing Medicaid recipients during this public health emergency, will no longer apply and many Alabamians will need to confirm eligibility or look for another health insurance plan.

This is a big change.

According to a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama news release:

“More than 120,000 Alabamians are at risk of losing Medicaid, and approximately 61,000 Alabamians unfortunately may not have access to any other type of coverage. 

However, as many as 69,000 will be eligible for coverage either under an Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plan, employer coverage, or a Medicare plan if they have lost their Medicaid health insurance 60 days prior to losing coverage, or any time after coverage ends. After applying, individuals will have 60 days to enroll in a plan. Many individuals losing their Medicaid coverage and looking for an ACA plan will be eligible for financial assistance, and some could be eligible for a $0 monthly premium health plan.”

Guidance, Education Options

BCBS of Alabama is offering guidance, education, and health insurance options to Alabamians who are no longer eligible for Medicaid. 

“Our mission is to provide Alabamians access to quality, affordable healthcare,” said Tim Vines, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. “We want to serve as a dependable resource for Alabamians so they will have the peace of mind knowing they can remain covered during this time.” 

BCBS of Alabama has representatives available to answer questions and help people explore their coverage options. All you need to do is call their toll-free number  855-890-7416.

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Pat Byington
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