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  • 17 Mar 2023 10:51 AM | Addie Thompson (Administrator)

    About 15 million Americans could lose Medicaid health insurance coverage as states unwind the “continuous coverage requirement” implemented at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure people retained health benefits, a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.

    The federal government has called the expiration of the coverage requirement, first authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the “the single largest health coverage transition event since the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act.” The move paused disenrollment from Medicaid in February 2020 at the pandemic’s beginning and has contributed to a boom in growth of health insurance for low income Americans to nearly 95 million by the end of this month when the continuous enrollment provision ends.

    “Millions of beneficiaries are expected to be disenrolled over the next year, including some who are no longer eligible for Medicaid and others who still qualify but lose coverage due to administrative paperwork problems,” the Kaiser Family Foundation, which worked with the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, to survey states on how they would disenroll people from Medicaid, as part of the 21st annual KFF survey of state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) report, which was issued Thursday.

    “One-third of states that were able to report projected coverage losses estimate that about 18% of Medicaid enrollees will be disenrolled after the continuous enrollment provision ends,” Kaiser said. “The estimates range from 7% to 33% of total enrollees and are consistent with other estimates that about 15 million people may lose Medicaid coverage over the coming year.”

    Aside from Americans including children and families who could lose coverage, the coming loss of Medicaid recipients is on the minds of health insurance companies across the country that could lose business. Executives from UnitedHealth Group, Centene, Elevance Health, CVS Health’s Aetna health insurance unit and a host of other companies are regularly peppered with questions from Wall Street analysts about the coming end to the continuous coverage provision.

    But it’s difficult to know exactly how many Americans will lose Medicaid coverage and when because states, which administer such health benefits, have different plans and strategies, the Kaiser analysis shows. Meanwhile, some states are making it easier for people remain eligible to keep their coverage while others are making it more difficult, the Kaiser analysis showed.

    The process will be slow with 43 states “taking 12-14 months to complete renewals following the end of the continuous enrollment provision,” the Kaiser analysis said.

    Here’s a link to the entire Kaiser 50-state Medicaid survey.

  • 17 Mar 2023 10:43 AM | Addie Thompson (Administrator)

    I am continually proud of South Carolina’s senators for the leadership they show in Washington on issues that are important to their constituents. Through my work as a national committeeman, I have had the opportunity to get to know these gentlemen and see their work firsthand.

    That is why I am thankful to Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsay Graham for leading on issues surrounding senior health care and pushing policies that offer affordable, accessible options to our aging community. Last month, Scott emerged as a lead signer on a bipartisan senate letter calling on the Biden Administration to continue supporting Medicare Advantage. Graham also supported and signed this same letter. This is exactly the kind of leadership that our senators should be focused on.

    Medicare Advantage is an increasingly popular program for seniors, offering them health care coverage that is tailored to their needs at a low cost. Nationwide, over 30 million Americans choose to be enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, including over 450,000 South Carolinians. The program gives seniors access to a variety of great benefits, including capping out-of-pocket costs and expanded in-home care coverage, all under one plan.

    Read more at: https://www.thestate.com/opinion/article272951480.html#storylink=cpy

  • 21 Dec 2021 4:29 PM | Addie Thompson (Administrator)

    During the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) opening session to its 233rd National Meeting, NAIC President and Commissioner of Florida’s Department of Insurance, David Altmaier, recognized South Carolina Department of Insurance Director, and NAIC Immediate Past President, Ray Farmer, with the NAIC President’s Award for Distinguished NAIC Leadership (President’s Award).

    The President’s Award is given at the discretion of the current NAIC President and honors an NAIC member who has shown exemplary leadership; has a sustained length of industry service; and who has contributed to advancing the mission of the NAIC.

    “Director Farmer has displayed exceptional leadership at the NAIC as he navigated the organization through a global pandemic, spearheaded the Special Committee on Race and Insurance, and served on the leadership teams for climate and resiliency, technology, data, privacy and cybersecurity task forces, as well as several other priority initiatives,” said NAIC President and Florida Insurance Commissioner, David Altmaier.

    Following the presentation of the President’s Award, NAIC President Altmaier, announced that the NAIC President’s Award would be renamed in Director Farmer’s honor.

    “It was the unanimous opinion of the NAIC officers that leadership examples such as the ones Director Farmer set for all of us and has displayed during his 53 years of industry service, are truly profiles in courage that should be memorialized well beyond handing out this award. Today, I proclaimed that the President’s Award be renamed the Raymond G. Farmer Award for Exceptional Leadership, and it is the award to be presented for exceptional NAIC Leadership from this day forward,” said Altmaier.

    The NAIC President’s Award was first awarded at the 2008 Fall National Meeting to Commissioner, Jim Long. Other recipients include Commissioner Alfred Gross (2010); Commissioner, Sandy Praeger (2014); Superintendent, Joseph Torti III (2015); and Commissioner, Roger Sevigny (2017).

    About the National Association of Insurance Commissioners

    As part of our state-based system of insurance regulation in the United States, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) provides expertise, data, and analysis for insurance commissioners to effectively regulate the industry and protect consumers. The U.S. standard-setting organization is governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Through the NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer reviews, and coordinate regulatory oversight. NAIC staff supports these efforts and represents the collective views of state regulators domestically and internationally.

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