At least 2 million poor kids in the U.S. have lost Medicaid coverage since April

At least 2 million children have lost health insurance coverage since the end of a pandemic policy that guaranteed Medicaid coverage during the health emergency, according to a new report.

Through November 8, a total of about 10.1 million Americans have been disenrolled from Medicaid, the health-care program for low-income Americans, according to researchers at the Georgetown Center for Children and Families and KFF, a health policy group. Roughly 18.4 million people have had their Medicaid coverage renewed, it found.

The 2 million children who have lost coverage represent 21 states that break out enrollment changes by age — and it’s likely an undercount because data is still coming in, said Joan Alker, executive director and research professor at Georgetown said Joan Alker, executive director and research professor at Georgetown.

States in April began removing people from Medicaid’s rolls after the expiration of a pandemic provision that had suspended procedures to remove people from the program, such as if they earned too much money to qualify.