Updates

Jun 16, 2022 

Leveraging Section 1902(e)(14) Waiver Authority Amid Unwinding

The unwinding related section 1902(e)(14) strategies newly available to Medicaid and CHIP agencies can provide significant relief to states facing pending eligibility and enrollment actions and processing delays, workforce and systems limitations, and other operational challenges. Ensuring eligible individuals do not lose coverage for procedural or administrative reasons and supporting those who are ineligible for Medicaid/CHIP transition to Marketplace coverage will be paramount for all states as they begin to resume normal operations when the federal public health emergency (PHE) ends. This expert perspective outlines the time-limited targeted enrollment flexibilities that CMS has availed to states through section 1902(e)(14) waiver authority and discusses considerations beyond the strategies described in federal guidance and supplemental resources.

Jun 15, 2022 

Using Marketplace Retroactive Coverage to Facilitate Continuous Enrollment in the Public Health Emergency Unwinding

Providing a retroactive coverage option in the Marketplace is one innovative strategy for eliminating coverage gaps between Medicaid and Marketplace coverage for people eligible to make that transition at the end of the public health emergency. Pennsylvania’s state-based Marketplace, Pennie, is considering an optional retroactive coverage policy. This expert perspective describes the retroactive coverage policy innovation and its benefits, and offers strategies for states to consider in their implementation that will maximize coverage continuity, minimize adverse selection, and address potential operational challenges.

Jun 1, 2022 

Ensuring Continuity of Coverage and Care for High Need Enrollees When the Medicaid Continuous Coverage Ends: Medicaid Strategies

This expert perspective, the first in a two-part series, outlines strategies state Medicaid agencies can take to identify people with high health needs and provide them with additional support to retain or transition their health coverage in order to maintain access to essential healthcare services when the current Medicaid continuous coverage requirement ends. A second expert perspective will identify complementary strategies state-based marketplaces and departments of insurance can implement to help these individuals transition without gaps in coverage or care.

May 9, 2022 

HHS Letter to the FCC on Text Messaging: Model Comments to Inform State Comment Letters in Support

On May 3, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened a public comment period for feedback on a letter submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. The letter requests the FCC’s opinion on the use of text messages and automated calls to enrollees as states resume regular operations at the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The public comment period is an opportunity for states to share how text messages and automated phone calls are needed to reach enrollees. This expert perspective provides model comments to inform and support state responses to the FCC’s public comment period. States must submit all comments by Tuesday, May 17, 2022.