Mandatory Medicaid and CHIP Coverage of COVID-19- Related Treatment under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing this guidance on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage of COVID-19-related treatment under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (Pub. L. No. 117-2, enacted on March 11, 2021). As discussed below, the ARP requires state Medicaid and CHIP programs to cover COVID-19-related treatments, without cost-sharing. CMS will apply the statutory interpretations in this guidance on a prospective basis beginning with the date of issuance of this letter.