May 29, 2020

Increasing Unemployment Numbers Highlight Need for Hospitals to Identify Individuals Potentially Eligible for Medicaid, Other Public Coverage

An estimated 27 million people will lose their health insurance after job loss because of COVID-19, according to data from by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Of these people, 79 percent were likely eligible for some form of publicly subsidized coverage in May. Most were eligible for Medicaid (12.7 million), and an additional 8.4 million were eligible for marketplace subsidies to purchase private health insurance.