The law has changed, and it might impact your health care coverage.
What You Need to Know
If you’re enrolled in MaineCare, keep a close eye on your mailbox. Why? Because for the first time in more than three years, Mainers and all Americans on Medicaid must show they still qualify for the program.
Before March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, Medicaid recipients had to fill out forms every year to demonstrate they still qualified. But that requirement was suspended as part of coronavirus relief that went into effect as unemployment soared and millions of Americans lost their jobs.
Now, pre-pandemic rules are back in place and federal officials estimate that more than 2.5 million older adults nationwide will lose their Medicaid benefits when the recertification process is complete.
Tips to Help You Through the Process
As unsettling as this may be, especially for Medicaid recipients who haven’t been through this before, there are steps you can take that will help.
AARP is Here to Help
AARP Maine is committed to helping older people keep their Medicaid coverage. We will continue to monitor the process and actions Maine is taking to help minimize the number of Mainers who lose health coverage and help those folks connect with other low-cost options.
On behalf of our over 200,000 members in Maine we’re in this for the long run.
This story is provided by AARP Maine. Visit the AARP Maine page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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