How to Cancel Medicaid Coverage

Medicaid benefits help people cover their heath care costs, but states restrict eligibility for it based on income, medical situation or other factors. If circumstances arise that eliminate your need or the eligibility for that coverage, you should arrange to terminate it. The exact cancellation process depends on the state you live in, but in any case the first step is to talk to your caseworker. She can help you navigate the process from there.

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Find Your Caseworker

The name of your medicaid caseworker appears on your Medicaid welcome packet, as well as in other paperwork detailing benefits and renewing eligibility. If you don't have that information handy, call your state's agency that oversees Medicaid, which could be the department of health or department of human services. Once you're able to prove your identity, that agency should be able to provide your Medicaid information to you, including the caseworker name.

Make the Call

Once you notify your caseworker of your situation, she’ll send you any paperwork you need to file documenting your change in eligibility status. Once your data has been changed, you’ll get a confirmation message that the changes have been recorded and you’re no longer in the program. Expect some lag time between when the changes are recorded and when your eligibility expires. Some states, for example, end eligibility on the final day of the month in which the changes were recorded.