In light of recent postal delays and housing displacements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic crisis, and a wave of natural disasters across the country, state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies face new challenges communicating with their enrollees about their health coverage. Acting now to mitigate these challenges is essential as states are preparing for the end of the public health emergency (PHE) and “catching up” on coverage renewals for a large portion of their enrollees. This expert perspective reviews strategies that state Medicaid and CHIP agencies may consider to help mitigate coverage losses.
Future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program: Considerations for States
Jocelyn Guyer, Deborah Bachrach, Patricia Boozang, and Arielle Traub, Manatt Health
The expiration of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding on September 30, 2017 raises four critical issues for states: 1) the timing of reauthorization, and what the level of allotment and duration of any extension will be, 2) whether the 23 percent increase to federal matching funds will continue, 3) whether maintenance of effort (MOE) requirements will continue unchanged, and 4) operational considerations for states, including notices to members and budget planning.
For a quick overview of the critical issues, please refer to Approaching CHIP Expiration: Considerations for States.
SHVS also hosted a webinar “Future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program: Considerations for States” if you are interested in exploring further our work on this subject.