May 1, 2023
Medicaid Changes Loom as COVID-era Regulations End
Ending the COVID-19 PHE will require states to disenroll Medicaid recipients who were eligible for coverage as a result of COVID-era regulations. During a recent conference held by the Rural Health Association of Arkansas, an NRHA member, David Mantz of Dallas County Medical Center said hospitals won’t turn away patients who lose their Medicaid coverage, explaining that this would lead to more uncompensated care. It is estimated 15 to 30 percent of Arkansans will be disenrolled from Medicaid. NRHA hopes to help rural health stakeholders continue to communicate COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and safety with the Rural Vaccine Confidence Initiative toolkit.