Tracking the Medicaid Unwinding: A Conversation on State and National Trends

In April 2023, COVID-19 pandemic-era enrollment protections expired and recertifications resumed for Medicaid participants nationwide. Within seven months, more than 10.6 million people lost coverage and nearly 20 million had their coverage renewed. 

Through Benefits Data Trust’s Medicaid Churn Learning Collaborative, we have worked with agency staff in six states to reduce the cycling of people on and off of Medicaid to both improve processes for program administrators and protect health coverage for eligible households.    

In our latest webinar, we highlight one of the participating states in our Medicaid Churn Learning Collaborative - North Dakota – and highlight their efforts to improve ex parte renewals. We are also joined by experts from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and State Health and Value Strategies, on the national outlook of the Medicaid unwinding and next steps for states. 

Speakers included: 

  • Joyce Johnson, Medicaid Eligibility Policy Director, North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Heather Howard, Director, State Health and Value Strategies, a program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
  • Jennifer Wagner, Director of Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities  
  • Jamila McLean, Senior Healthcare Policy Manager, Benefits Data Trust 

Check out these other BDT webinars on mitigating Medicaid churn: 

Special thank you to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for making these events possible and their dedication to improving benefits access for eligible families, seniors, and individuals across the country.