Yes, it is true. Effective May 1, 2023, Medicaid is to remove all co-payments for prescriptions and healthcare in Mississippi for Medicaid recipients. It is called the MS State Plan Amendment. If you have paid a co-payment since that date, make sure you contact MS Medicaid to be reimbursed.
You may still qualify for Medicaid if your income has lowered since you were denied, or your Medicaid closed because your income exceeded the limit. You can reapply but you must meet the requirements: Be a Mississippi Resident, be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident or legal resident of U. S., must need assistance with accessing healthcare and your annual income before taxes are withheld, must be below the limit for your household size.
You may also qualify for a reason other than income: pregnant, responsible for the care of a child who is 18 and under, age 65 and older and meet certain criteria, be a person with a disability or in need of nursing home care.
Affordable Care Act Marketplace health insurance plans are available and you may be able to find a plan for $10 or less a month depending on the plan you select and your income as well as premium tax credit you may receive. You can apply during the Special Enrollment period from March 31, 2023 to July 31, 2024. One of our Navigators with Get Covered Mississippi can talk with you and go over plans with your written consent and help you get enrolled through healthcare.gov or the Marketplace. Just call us at 662-298-3584 and ask for a Navigator.
Check with your employer to see if you can get insurance through your job to be sure. If you or your child is a student in college, you may be able to get a campus health plan, but check with your school to see.
Did you have a change of address phone number during the Public Health Emergency or since the last time you were enrolled? If so, this is possibly why you didn’t receive your closure letter. Perhaps someone checked your mail or you and didn’t notice that you received a Renewal Letter from Medicaid. Did you check all of your mail to make sure you didn’t get a letter to complete your Renewal application? Often times we get mail and through it to the side without even looking at it or opening it and reading it. This may have been overlooked as well.
The postpartum Medicaid was just recently extended with Medicaid from two months to 12 months!
You need to have a Navigator talk with you and look at health insurance plans through ACA first. If you don’t have a qualifying income, we can refer you to a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in your area to help you with your Medicaid needs.
Medicaid has up to 14 months after the end of the PHE through the Medicaid Unwinding to complete renewals and close cases of those that no longer qualify for Medicaid. There is no definite date right now of when your children’s Medicaid will be closed but it will be closed within those 12 to 14 months since the PHE ended on March 31, 2023. I would suggest you go ahead and check with your employer to see when open enrollment is if you’re not sure and look at the costs. You can also talk to one of our Navigators through Get Covered Mississippi to look at health insurance plans to see what is best for them and fits your finances.
The COVID 19 Public Health Emergency ended on March 31, 2023. The Public Health Emergency started in March 2020 so that families would still be able to receive health insurance through Medicaid or CHIP during the pandemic without interruption due to income or age. Some offices have already started Renewals and some will be started back up over the next few months, so its important for Medicaid Recipients to update their contact information with Medicaid and make sure they watch for mail, emails, text messages and even calls from Medicaid reminding them that their renewals will be coming up.