RALEIGH, N.C. – New data released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that these nine states have the highest Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) disenrollment rates by both number and percentage: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas.
The Council on Black Health (CBH) Policy Roundtable stands with HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra’s request that the governors of these nine states use all state and federal policy strategies at their disposal to protect children and families from loss of coverage due to bureaucratic “red tape.”
“This isn’t special treatment. This is simply doing what’s right,” says Melicia Whitt-Glover, Executive Director, Council on Black Health, and convenor of the CBH Policy Roundtable. “These children are already Medicaid-eligible, and states already have policies in place to ensure successful coverage renewals and transitions.
“Children and families of color are disproportionately impacted by disenrollments,” she says. “Black people, especially, have dealt with longstanding disparities in health coverage, which directly impacts our ability to access care and contributes to disparities in health. These state governors have a choice, and it’s a simple one.”
About the Council on Black Health
A just and fair society values every person and their health. At the Council on Black Health (CBH), we align our partners around health equity, integrating research, policy, and practice. We are a national research and action network that integrates global perspectives, data, research, and lived experience to create actionable strategies for what’s possible: That one day, all Black people will live safe, healthy, and happy lives. www.councilbh.org
About the CBH Policy Roundtable
The CBH Policy Roundtable includes the Council on Black Health, the National Black Child Development Institute, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., the NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, Black Women’s Health Imperative, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. By creating an inclusive process of building power together and centering Black leadership, roundtable partners unite the voices of esteemed Black organizations representing more than 2 million people in over 3,000 chapters or affiliates in the United States.