LA Medicaid Cutoffs During the Covid Crisis

Posted on: March 31, 2020

Updated March 31, 2020. This is a quickly changing situation. Please check back for more information.

I have Louisiana Medicaid. Will it be cut off during the Covid-19 Crisis?

If you currently have Louisiana Medicaid, it will not be cut off during the Covid-19 crisis unless you move out of Louisiana, you ask for your Medicaid to be shut off, or you have only “Presumptive Eligibility” (discussed below). Please come back to this page in the future for more information. No Louisiana Medicaid should have been cut off after March 18. If you have been cut off since March 18, your Medicaid should get turned back on by the agency.

What if I received a notice that my Medicaid will be cut off with an “effective date” later this month?

Even if your notice was sent in February or before March 19, 2020, your Medicaid should not be cut off after March 18 through the end of the Covid-19 crisis. The scheduled date of the cut off is called the “effective date” on the notice you received saying that your Medicaid benefits were ending. If your Medicaid benefits get cut off, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services may be able to give free legal help. Call our COVID-19 Hotline at 1-844-244-7871.

What if my Louisiana Medicaid was already cut off and I appealed, but haven’t heard back yet?

If you appealed on time and before the “effective date” listed on your cutoff notice, your Medicaid should have been kept on until the appeal is decided. If you need help getting it turned back on, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services may be able to give free help. Call our COVID-19 Hotline at 1-844-244-7871.

What if my Louisiana Medicaid was recently cut off and I don’t have an active appeal?

If your notice says your appeal was due on or after March 1, 2020, you can still appeal now to get a review of the Medicaid cutoff, under special Covid 19 rules temporarily extending appeal periods up to 120 days.

I fall under one of the categories above, but my Louisiana Medicaid was cut off anyway and has not been restored. What should I do?

You can apply for free legal help by calling the Southeast Louisiana Legal Services COVID-19 Hotline at 1-844-244-7871.

What if I have Presumptive Eligibility for Louisiana Medicaid?

Most people have normal Medicaid, not Presumptive Eligibility. Presumptive eligibility is a way that certain hospitals can give you temporary Medicaid coverage immediately, while your full application is processed. If you have Presumptive Eligibility for Louisiana Medicaid, you should continue with your Medicaid application to see if you are eligible for Medicaid. Presumptive Eligibility only lasts between one and two months unless you have an application for full Medicaid filed that has not yet been decided. If you did not apply for Medicaid during this time or your application is denied, your Medicaid will be cut off when your Presumptive Eligibility ends. If you are denied, you can apply for free legal help by calling the Southeast Louisiana Legal Services COVID-19 Hotline at 1-844-244-7871.

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