This expert perspective includes recommended communication strategies—and some examples—for how states can elevate coverage options and help ensure that more residents can access health insurance during these uncertain times.
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and Long-Term Care (LTC)
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STATE HEALTH AND VALUE STRATEGIES RESOURCES
SHVS/Manatt Health.State Medicaid and CHIP Strategies to Respond to the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis This expert perspective, written by experts at Manatt Health, discusses strategies state Medicaid and CHIP agencies can pursue as part of their response to COVID-19.
SHVS/Manatt Health Responding to COVID-19: State Strategies for Medicaid and Commercial Health Insurance Oversight Webinar recording and slide deck from webinar hosted on March 18, 2020.
STATE TEMPLATES AND TOOLKITS
CMS. Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities This page includes federal background information on Section 1135 waivers and a CMS-developed template for states and territories.
CMS. Federal Disaster Resources This page catalogs CMS’s approved COVID-19 State Section 1135 waivers.
CMS. 1115 Application Process This page includes guidance and a template for COVID-19 1115 waiver demonstrations.
CMS. Emergency Preparedness and Response for Home and Community Based (HCBS) 1915(c) Waivers This page includes 1915(c) Waiver Appendix K templates, instructions, and CMS ‘s approved COVID-19 State Appendix K documents.
Kaiser Family Foundation. Medicaid Emergency Authority Tracker: Approved State Actions to Address COVID-19 This page includes details on Section 1135 waivers and 1915 (c) Waiver Appendix K strategies.
FEDERAL STATUTE AND GUIDANCE
CMS/CMCS. COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies These updated FAQs for state Medicaid and CHIP agencies address available resources for emergency preparedness and response efforts, and flexibilities related to eligibility and enrollment, benefits, cost-sharing, financing, and workforce.
CMS. COVID-19 Resources for States Compilation of resources for state on Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP, including transcripts and recordings of all-state calls.
CMS. Podcasts and Transcripts: COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls Recordings and transcripts of CMS calls on COVID-19 with states and other stakeholders.
STATE EXAMPLES AND MODELS
California. DHCS COVID‑19 Response CA developed a robust, centralized COVID-19 resource page that provides guidance related to providers, HCBS, and federal requests/waivers.