Every morning, when Christina Preston walks into the West Community Opportunity Center serving Franklin County of Ohio, she knows she and her staff will be inundated with calls and applications from people in dire need of help. .
Their desperation could be exacerbated next month when the national public health emergency ends. That could lead to millions of people losing access to Medicaid and other benefits.
“We’re planning it as best we can, but the way we see it right now is fragmentation,” said Preston, local branch director of employment and family services in Columbus, Ohio. discrimination. “I don’t even really want to imagine it right now. It will be huge. “
Across the country, local agencies like Preston’s are preparing to unravel the expanded social safety net created in response to the pandemic — and most importantly, the end of federal Medicaid coverage. continuous, expires on January 15, at the end of public health emergency, unless extended by the Biden administration.
Terms, a request under Family First Coronavirus Response Act passed in March 2020, prevented states from removing Medicaid recipients from the program’s list.
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