Templates & Toolkits | May 11, 2021

Medicaid and CHIP Coverage of COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment: A Roadmap for State Action During and After the Public Health Emergency

Julian Polaris, Manatt Health

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has required states to cover COVID-19 vaccines and treatments for certain eligibility groups under Medicaid and CHIP. Congress significantly enhanced those coverage requirements with the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) of 2021. This toolkit provides a roadmap for states to identify the types of Medicaid and CHIP policy changes that may be needed to ensure compliance with ARP’s requirements for coverage of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment. It has been updated to reflect the May 5, 2021 version of CMS’s Medicaid COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit.