Medicaid ‘unwinding’ in Pennsylvania is hurting children, advocates say

Halfway through the review, more than 1 million children nationwide have lost Medicaid over the past six months. While advocates hope to see kids transitioning to other forms of coverage, like CHIP, a September report from the Georgetown Center on Children and Families shows CHIP enrollment hasn’t kept pace, remaining relatively flat. 

But the fact that so many kids were losing coverage in the first place, despite enjoying a higher income eligibility threshold, had already raised questions for Becky Ludwick, vice president of public policy at Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. 

“Right there is a red flag that something is going on,” Ms. Ludwick said. “Where there are children who are likely still eligible for Medicaid but have lost their coverage during this unwinding process. That is what our concern has been all along.”

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