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Procedural errors in 30 states improperly disenrolled many from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Casey applauds action by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reinstate health coverage for those affected, including 100,000 Pennsylvanian children and families

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, applauded an announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that 30 states have paused procedural disenrollments from Medicaid and CHIP, meaning that more than 100,000 Pennsylvanians will be reenrolled in health coverage.  

“Our Nation has a solemn obligation to provide care for the children and others who need it the most. Medicaid and the CHIP are our way of fulfilling that obligation,” said Chairman Casey. “Today’s announcement that the Biden administration has acted to protect over 100,000 Pennsylvania children and families from losing health care coverage is excellent news. I will continue to fight to ensure that every child in this country gets the health care they need and deserve.”

Senator Casey has long been a champion for protecting and expanding access to Medicaid and CHIP. As states around the country have unwound their COVID-era Medicaid policies, Casey played an active role in spreading awareness and making sure Pennsylvanians knew to check that they were still enrolled in health care. Earlier this month, Senator Casey introduced the Medicaid for Every Child Act, which would automatically enroll every child in Medicaid from birth until age 18. The bill would guarantee coverage for over 2.6 million children in Pennsylvania, including over 645,000 children in rural counties where health care has historically been more difficult to access. It would also prevent any child from losing health coverage due to procedural errors ever again.