At the end of the federal public health emergency, states will need to redetermine eligibility for nearly all Medicaid enrollees in the largest healthcare event since the Affordable Care Act. In order to avoid potential coverage losses, states will need to communicate with enrollees and other stakeholders about the actions they need to take to keep individuals enrolled in Medicaid or transition to another form of health coverage. One way that states are promoting transparency in their communications and planning efforts is through the public release of their unwinding operational plans. This expert perspective highlights several states that have made their unwinding operational plans publicly available as well as examples of states’ ongoing communication efforts, including outreach campaigns to Medicaid enrollees, strategies for collaborating with stakeholders, and collaborative initiatives within Marketplace states. This expert perspective has been updated as of November 17, 2022 to reflect recently released state unwinding operational plans.
COVID-19 Resources for States
State Health and Value Strategies (SHVS), in partnership with Manatt Health, Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR), State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), Bailit Health, and GMMB developed this resource page to serve as an accessible “one-stop” source of COVID-19 information for states. This resource is designed to support states seeking to make coverage and essential services available to all of their residents, especially high risk and vulnerable people, during the COVID-19 pandemic. SHVS will update this page frequently with new resources as they become available.
|If you have materials you are willing to share with other states through this page, or if there are topics of particular concern that you would like addressed, please contact SHVS.|
Please click on the links below to access topic-specific resources.
(e.g., tracking dashboards, equity task forces)
|Reopening/Recovery||COVID-19 Testing and Care
(e.g., coverage and access, provider and plan reimbursement)
(e.g. equitable disbursement, payment issues, communications strategies)
|Medicaid Coverage and Access
(e.g., eligibility and enrollment (including appeals), benefits and cost-sharing (prior authorization, refills))
|Health System Considerations
(e.g. Telehealth/Telemedicine, Providers and Workforce, Substance Use Disorder & Mental Health)
|Commercial Insurance Coverage and Access
(e.g. individual market coverage, regulatory options, surprise billing, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) flexibilities)
|Funding and Coverage for the Uninsured||Social Risk Factors and COVID-19
(e.g., housing, food insecurity, justice-involved individuals, interpersonal violence)
|Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and Long-Term Care (LTC)|
|Federal Authorities and Funding Opportunities
(i.e., Section 1135 Waivers, Section 1115 Waivers, 1915(c) Waiver Appendix K, Medicaid State Plan Amendments (SPAs))
(e.g. messaging and communications strategies for COVID-19 response, best practices across agencies, leveraging digital platforms)