Enrollment in Medicaid surged 30% to more than 83 million people during the pandemic, after Congress basically barred states from kicking people out of the program for the duration of the federal public health emergency declared in response to Covid.

As 2022 comes to an end, millions of people who enrolled in the Medicaid public health insurance program during the Covid pandemic could lose their coverage early next year.  That is if their state determines they no longer meet the program’s eligibility requirements and North Carolina is on that list.

Tucked inside a more than 4,000-page, $1.7 trillion bill that funds the federal government through September is a provision that would eliminate the Medicaid coverage protections from the public health emergency. Instead, states could start terminating recipients’ coverage in April 2023 if they no longer meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

Here is a map showing states and their current action on Medicaid expansion.


Courtesy of Kaiser Family Foundation, November 9, 2022
Spencer Kimball of CNBC has an in-depth analysis of the federal spending bill.  Read more by clicking here.