Reducing Medicaid Churn: Keeping People Covered After COVID-19 and Beyond

Medicaid churn — the cycling of individuals on and off Medicaid coverage — is a common and persistent problem within the healthcare system. It increases healthcare and administrative costs and results in poor health outcomes for communities due to disruptions in care. Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), states have been required to freeze all terminations during the COVID-19 public health emergency in exchange for increased funding. As a result, Medicaid churn has largely stopped while the public health emergency continues. However, once this emergency declaration ends, a significant number of Medicaid beneficiaries will be at risk of losing healthcare coverage.

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, BDT has developed the “Medicaid Churn Toolkit” to guide and provide strategies for Medicaid agencies and their partners to reduce churn and help protect the health of individuals and families across the country.

Tune into a discussion led by Jamila McLean, our Healthcare Policy Manager, and Erin Henderlight, Director of Policy, which will dive into the toolkit and go through its road map for local and state agencies.