Bear with a stethoscope The window of opportunity to make procedural or eligibility systems changes is quickly narrowing as states anticipate the lifting of the continuous enrollment requirement. (Photo: Shutterstock)

In the wake of job losses and reduced income during the pandemic, about half of the nation’s children are enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP. Many of them are at risk of losing this insurance if a federal continuous coverage requirement ends in 2022, perhaps as early as April.

“Parents and millions of other adults will also have their Medicaid eligibility redetermined when the continuous coverage requirement lifts,” according to a report from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. “Many adults whose income has gone up will become eligible for subsidized coverage through the federal and state marketplaces. Children will suffer if their parents and caregivers lose coverage during this transition. It is clear from past state experience that many parents will not successfully make the transition.”

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