New Flexibilities for States to Minimize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Losses

 In a letter to governors, the Secretary of Health & Human Services announced several new options states can use to help eligible individuals and families maintain their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage as requirements change with the end of the public health emergency.  The new flexibilities include allowing managed care plans to assist people with completing their Medicaid renewal forms and allowing pharmacies and community-based organizations to facilitate reinstatement of coverage for those who were recently disenrolled for procedural reasons based on presumptive eligibility criteria. A complete list of flexibilities available to states can be found here. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has created outreach and educational resources. The Kaiser Family Foundation Medicaid Enrollment Tracker reports that at least 1,027,000 Medicaid enrollees had been disenrolled as of June 12, 2023, based on the most current data from 20 states. There is also a call to action for community organizations, employers, providers, and others can help in this effort.