About 38,000 people lose Medicaid coverage in Minnesota's first group of renewals after pandemic


August 10, 2023

Christopher Snowbeck

Jodi Harpstead, commissioner of the state Department of Human Services, said some of the people losing Medicaid coverage could have health insurance through other sources.

About 38,000 people lost Medicaid health insurance coverage at the start of this month as Minnesota began a yearlong process to check eligibility for the roughly 1.5 million state residents who are enrolled in the public health insurance program.

Interpreting the lost coverage figure is difficult because it's likely that some are picking up health insurance from another source rather than going uninsured, Jodi Harpstead, the commissioner of the state Department of Human Services (DHS), said on Wednesday.

It's also likely that some are being disenrolled even though they still qualify for coverage - it's just that their renewals did not occur for reasons that can vary from lost paperwork to missing addresses.



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