June 13, 2023
The Biden administration this week is urging states to take action to ensure access to coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
In a letter to state governors this week, Xavier Becerra, secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced new flexibilities to help reduce coverage losses for children and families. These flexibilities include allowing states to delay administrative termination for one month and additional assistance for beneficiaries to complete their renewal forms.
The letter to states comes a few months after Medicaid’s pandemic-era continuous enrollment provision ended on March 31.
“We encourage states to utilize all available flexibilities to ensure children and families don’t lose coverage,” Becerra said in the letter. “We also urge states to join us in partnering with local governments, community organizations, and schools to reach people eligible for Medicaid and CHIP where they are.”
Here’s what you need to know:
With the end of continuous enrollment, DHS—in partnership with provider organizations, including HAP—has developed resources to help providers share important information with patients.
DHS’s stakeholder toolkit includes printable education materials, scripts for conversations with patients, and digital assets, such as social media posts and website graphics.
The toolkit is available online.
Tags: Access to Care | Insurance | Federal Advocacy | Medicaid
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