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.
Recent COVID-19 Stimulus Legislation and Guidance: Opportunities and Considerations for States
Manatt Health, Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms and GMMB
On Friday, May 1 State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar during which experts from Manatt Health and Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms summarized recent federal legislation related to COVID-19 and distilled key takeaways from recent federal guidance. Topics included:
- Review of the recently passed stimulus bill, “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act” (also known as CARES Act 3.5)
- Deep dive of recently released guidance on the disbursement of CARES Act funding including the Provider Relief and Coronavirus Relief Funds
- Medicaid strategies for providers and considerations for states
Leaders from a handful of states discussed their own experiences and provided key insights and lessons learned.