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Cancellation of Medicaid Coverage

Can Medicaid cancel my coverage without telling me? The answer to that question is no. The Medicaid program is in place to serve millions of low income families and individuals who cannot afford to pay for health insurance. Federal law regulates and governs how states run their Medicaid programs. However, it is a requirement that timely and adequate notice of intent to cancel Medicaid coverage be given to participants at least 10 days before coverage is terminated. This notice should be received through the U.S. mail.

Eligibility for Medicaid

Eligibility for Medicaid is determined based on a number of factors that are taken into consideration before an individual or family can be approved for Medicaid. Some of these factors are:

Income and Resources


Disabilities (including disabled children and the elderly)

Pregnant women

Citizenship Status (and lawfully admitted immigrants)

Can Medicaid Cancel My Coverage Without Telling me?

Medicaid cannot cancel your coverage without telling you. It is important, however, that you make sure that your information on file is kept up to date with Medicaid. If you move, change your telephone number, start a new job, have another child, or any other changes to your information that is pertinent to your Medicaid eligibility must be reported. Don't assume that they have your updated information. If your Medicaid coverage is canceled, and you didn't receive a notice, it could be because you moved and did not communicate that information to Medicaid. The notice may have gone out but was sent to the wrong address.

Stay Abreast of Current Changes in Medicaid

It is important to stay informed regarding changes that may occur with Medicaid. Read all the information that comes in the mail. Listen to the news; research the government Medicaid websites for recent changes in Medicaid.