Insurer to Support 600,000 Arizonans through Medicaid Redetermination

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is offering education, guidance, and health insurance options to Arizonans who are no longer eligible for Medicaid after the Public Health Emergency ends. BCBSAZ Navigators will be available in counties across the state to pass out information, answer questions, and help.

“We know this can be an overwhelming time for Arizonans, but we are here to assist,” said Rachel Winkler, General Manager, Individual Segment, at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “It’s important for Arizonans to check their status and understand the timeline to ensure they have no lapse in health insurance coverage.”

As the end of the Federal Public Health Emergency approaches, Medicaid eligibility for millions of Americans, including 600,000 Arizonans, is at risk. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which prevented states from removing Medicaid recipients during this public health emergency, will no longer apply and many will need to confirm eligibility or look for another health insurance plan.

Arizonans are eligible for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plan, employer coverage, or a Medicare plan if they have lost their Medicaid health insurance 60 days prior to losing coverage or any time after coverage ends. After applying, individuals will have 60 days to enroll in a plan. Many individuals who are losing their Medicaid coverage and looking for an ACA plan will be eligible for financial assistance, and some could be eligible for a $0 monthly premium health plan.

“As one of the largest independent broker agencies, we are here as a resource for Arizonans to ensure they stay covered during this time,” said Dutch Baker, President, Black Gould Associates. There are a variety of different health insurance plan options, and we work closely with customers to understand their needs and match them with a plan that suits them best.”

To learn more about the timeline and how to prepare, visit the BCBSAZ blog.

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