Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance intended to help states restore regular Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) operations after the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. During the pandemic, CMS approved more than 600 requests for temporary program flexibilities or waivers to help states respond effectively to COVID-19. When the pandemic ends, many of these flexibilities and waivers granted to states will also end.
CMS releasing this new guidance now to ensure that states have sufficient time to plan and prepare to transition back to normal operations. It outlines CMS expectations in critical policy areas, including addressing pending eligibility and enrollment actions. It also outlines other planning considerations for states, including steps they would need to take should they wish to make any of the temporary flexibilities permanent.
Click here to read the guidance to state plans.