The Medicaid unwinding will start in April 2023

What is the Medicaid unwinding?
During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Montana Medicaid didn’t process redeterminations to check eligibility for Medicaid. There are now about 300,000 Montanans covered by Montana Medicaid and Healthy Montana Kids. In December 2022, Congress passed a bill that set a date, April 1st, when states can starting the process of redetermining Medicaid enrollees. There are currently over 300,000 Montanans covered by Medicaid and HMK and all of them must be redetermined in the next year.

Is the PHE ending?
No, The bill created a timeline to starting the unwinding, but won’t end the Public Health Emergency.

Outreach and Communications Resources for the Medicaid Unwinding: 

Cover Montana, a program of the Montana Primary Care Association, put together a Montana Medicaid Unwinding Communications Toolkit. It provides an overview of the Medicaid Unwinding and ideas and messaging to help organizations and agencies share information about the unwinding.

These newest resources provide information about the steps Montanans will need to take to stay covered:

These resources focus on updating contact information with the Office of Public Assistance:

DPHHS Information & Resources:

Where can I get copies of the print materials?
MPCA has printed materials available at no cost and we can either deliver or mail them to your organization. For questions or to get materials, email Julie Burrows.

Where can I learn more about the Medicaid unwinding?
You can sign up for the Cover Montana email list and we’ll send you email updates that include info about the Medicaid unwinding. Cover Montana emails also include information about upcoming webinars focused on all-things Medicaid unwinding. Check out MPCA’s Cover Montana page here.