America is facing a health crisis and it isn’t made up of bacteria or viruses—instead, it’s an impending medical insurance meltdown.
There is an expectation that as of Jan. 11, 2023, an estimated 15 million Americans will begin to lose health coverage.
The reason is that after three years of a COVID-19 public health emergency, the shield of continuous coverage offered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will end.
Once the state of emergency expires, regular income requirements and restrictions will apply. This will disqualify millions who’ve benefited from congressional legislation passed in 2020 preventing disenrollment for the duration of the COVID pandemic.
For some college students, the stress of being away from home, separation from family, and having to care for themselves can be the perfect storm for the development of mental health problems. Health care administrators are already bracing for the fallout as the end looms large. Read more…