Delivering high-quality Medicaid coverage and services


Delivering high-quality Medicaid coverage and services

Kaiser Permanente’s participation in Medicaid is core to our mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. This critical program provides health coverage to over 1 in 5 Americans, including 1 out of every 3 children. Millions of eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and people with disabilities depend on Medicaid for their health coverage.  


of the U.S. population is enrolled in Medicaid1


of children are covered by Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program2


of pregnant women rely on Medicaid3

COVID-19 public health emergency-related Medicaid renewals

The federal government declared the COVID-19 pandemic a public health emergency in 2020. This allowed people to keep their Medicaid benefits without going through renewal. The government has extended the public health emergency many times since 2020. As a result, many members haven’t renewed their benefits since then.

Congress recently passed a law that says states must start the Medicaid renewal process again in 2023. Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping its eligible Medicare members renew and continue their coverage. Learn more about the Medicaid renewal process.

Kaiser Permanente supports the following Medicaid guiding principles:

  • Coverage: All Americans should have access to affordable, high-quality health care. Medicaid enrollment processes should be streamlined, coverage gaps should be minimized, and people should not lose access to care as a result of financial burdens.
  • Care for the whole person, including social needs: The Medicaid program should support “whole-person care” by providing access to services and resources that address Medicaid recipients' physical health, mental health, and social needs. Ensuring access to transportation, healthy food, and housing support services improves overall wellness, reduces the use of emergency care in nonemergency situations, and improves overall productivity.
  • Sustainable funding: Medicaid should continue to receive adequate, sustainable, and flexible federal and state funding.

To support these principles, we continue to advocate for policies that:

  • Expand access to clinically appropriate, high-quality telehealth services for people enrolled in Medicaid
  • Incentivize states that have not already done so to expand Medicaid eligibility for childless adults to the income levels outlined by the Affordable Care Act
  • Promote strong quality measurement processes and quality performance incentives within Medicaid
  • Ensure that Medicaid payment methodologies account for the full range of health plan and provider models, including Kaiser Permanente’s integrated care model
  • Care for the whole person by supporting Medicaid beneficiaries’ social needs such as housing, food security, education, employment training, support services, transportation, and social isolation and family violence prevention


1 U.S. Census Bureau, 2022.
2 U.S. Census Bureau, 2022.
3 Kaiser Family Foundation, 2022.