Health inequities in the U.S. are the result of a long history of denials of care by race, gender, disability and income. Over the last three years, as a result of rule changes made during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the uninsured rate in the United States has reached a record low as enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) increased.
This was, in part, due to “continuous coverage requirements,” which will end when the public health emergency ends, unless Congress acts. If continuous coverage ends, between 5 and 14 million people are expected to lose coverage―with people with disabilities, low income, limited English proficiency, and those who have moved since the pandemic began at the greatest risk.
As Congress works to pass a legislative package by year’s end, we’re demanding continuous and expanded Medicaid and CHIP coverage, including 12 months of continuous eligibility for adults and children, 12 month postpartum coverage and other provisions to improve maternal and child health outcomes, and increased Medicaid funding for U.S. territories including Puerto Rico.