Reviews | The complexity of Medicaid after a pandemic

We must do better. Improved Medicare-for-all would ensure that all U.S. residents, from birth to death, would be covered for all medically necessary services, regardless of employment status, income, or pre-existing conditions. . Most bonuses, user fees and deductibles would disappear. Doctors for a National Health Program says 95% of all households would save money. And people could still choose their doctors and hospitals.

I look forward to the day when an article announces that every American has health coverage.

Richard Bruning, Baltimore

The author is co-founder of Healthcare-Now! of Maryland.

The March 15 article “Millions at Risk of Losing Medicaid After Crisis Lifts” admirably describes the challenges facing individuals, families and states as we wait for the official end of the health emergency. public. A vast network of committed partners works together to ensure that the “denouement” goes as smoothly as possible. This continued partnership will help minimize the impact on 84 million people who currently rely on Medicaid to access health care.

Medicaid agencies have worked closely with advocates, plans, providers, insurance marketplaces, and community organizations to learn what to expect and how to help consumers. They know that when eligible members lose coverage, it’s a hardship for the person losing coverage as well as caregivers.

States meet regularly with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to plan how the process will unfold. Administrators asked Congress to phase out enhanced federal funds made available during the pandemic as states relax, acknowledging the costs of redeterminations.

In short, relaxing is and will remain teamwork. The challenge is indeed enormous and, yes, some people will lose coverage, but Medicaid agencies are working tirelessly with partners to lead this effort and connect people to health insurance coverage so that the program – and the millions of people it serves – come out. stronger on the other side.

Diane Hasselman, Washington

The author is the deputy executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

Sharon D. Cole