According to a report published this month on Medicaid disenrollment by the Center for Children and Families, nearly 600,000 Florid children have been disenrolled from Medicaid since the pandemic protections theat provided for continuous coverage of Medicaid throughout the COVID-19 pandemic were eliminated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) on April 1, 2023. Thereafter, some states started hastily removing many Medicaid-eligible children from its rosters.

Nationwide, by December 2023, nearly 4.16 million children had been disenrolled from Medicaid, with Florida, Texas, Georgia and California seeing the largest declines. Many of these children were provided coverage through the Medicaid/CHIP program, but others categories of affected individuals include those who received Medicaid under Disabled Adult Child benefits. The Disabled Adult Child program is a SSA-eligible determination that allows Medicaid coverage to continue, despite being ineligible because the child now receives a higher Social Security check due to the death or retirement of a parent.

It appears that many who received such notices have moved to the Florida KidCare program. As of April 2024, nearly 182,000 children have enrolled in Flordia KidCare, which represents a 66% increase year-over-year from 2023. But this still leaves a significant number of children possibly uninsured.

Florida is currently facing a class-action lawsuit filed by the Florida Health Justice Project. If you believe that you have received a termination of CHIP/Medicaid that might be incorrect, the Florida Health Justice Project has created a toolkit that guides parents on what they need to do. Included in the toolkit is an email template where you can request an appeal.

However, if you lost coverage of your Medicaid as a result of being a Disabled Adult Child and your Social Security payment increasing above the SSI amount, and you feel you were inappropriately included in the recent unwinding of Medicaid rosters in Florida, please reach out to our firm, as we are actively working on finding a solution to these issues.