Millions of Americans are being purged from Medicaid. Many don't even know they've been cut!
Nearly 5 million Medicaid recipients have lost coverage because they were terminated for “procedural” reasons... incomplete renewal process, whether because of missing paperwork, outdated contact information or a renewal form not sent by a specified date.
The process has proven confusing for many patients, such as those whose first language isn’t English or those who don’t have computers. - Stateline
DemLabs created the free Protect Your Medicaid app to make it easier for people without computers and internet access to find the information they need in their language.
- Used the app on a phone and is available in different languages and can either be read or listened to. The app was created in a day using free software.
- It uses publicly available information from different websites but in an easy to search and understand manner.
- Includes phone numbers and links to Medicaid offices in all states and territories.
- Explains why Republican led states such as Texas, Florida and Arkansas have cut the most Medicaid recipients.
- Importance of voting to provide affordable healthcare to more Americans.
- It includes links to register to vote and how to make sure you have a valid Voter ID.
Protect Your Medicaid App
This app connects to information from:
Renew Your Medicaid or CHIP Coverage - Medicaid.gov
Medicaid & CHIP coverage - Healthcare.gov
Despite federal warnings states aggressively cull Medicaid rolls - Stateline
Understanding Medicaid Procedural Disenrollment Rates - Kaiser Family Foundation
This information translated with the free Google Translate app and saved in a database which powers the GLIDE app. The app can be used on any smarthphone, without having to install any software. Audio descriptions of how to protect your Medicaid coverage in different languages were created with AI and uploaded to SoundCloud. The app has three tabs at the bottom:
1. Language - to choose the language you prefer
2. State - to search for Medicaid resources where you live
3. Notes - which provides more details on Medicaid and the importance of voting
“The Republican Playbook to Use Paperwork to Kick People Off Coverage”
States making Medicaid renewal complicated and then using incomplete paperwork to cut people from Medicaid is downright cruel. Why is it that you can buy a gun without a permit, but renewing your Medicaid coverage is so complicated?
"Arkansas released updated Medicaid enrollment data that serves as a dire warning for the rest of the nation: 72,802 people who rely on Medicaid lost their insurance coverage in April — 40 percent of whom were infants or children. About 80 percent of Arkansans who lost coverage were disenrolled from Medicaid because they did not meet Arkansas’ paperwork requirements like completing renewal forms properly, not because of a determination that they no longer qualify for Medicaid."
"Republicans in Washington passed legislation to impose even more paperwork requirements in Medicaid nationwide — threatening coverage for 21 million people. The devastating outcomes of both these initiatives are by design and reflect a broader national trend: Republicans are using bureaucracy and paperwork to kick people off their health care coverage." - Protect Our Care
"If you are not at the table, then you are on the menu"
Not voting and losing your health insurance are not isolated events, but many people don't make that connection.
"If you are not at the table, then you are on the menu". What better time to remind people of the importance of voting than while helping them protect their Medicaid?
TakeAway: Use technology to help people understand how to protect their Medicaid coverage. And the importance of voting for Democrats to expand affordable healthcare.
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