Jul, 08, 2022

State Health Updates

  • Colorado – The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing has created a toolkit to provide community partners, stakeholders, and advocates with messaging and resources to encourage Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus members to update their contact information in advance of the end of the public health emergency.
  • Maine – The Department of Health and Human Services announced that it has established MaineCare eligibility for children under 21 years of age who would be otherwise eligible for federal Medicaid benefits but are not eligible due to their immigration status and for pregnant people who are not eligible for federal Medicaid benefits due to their immigration status, but are able to receive coverage under the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  • Montana – The Department of Public Health and Human Services has launched a new behavioral health program through the Montana Tobacco Quit Line to help persons with behavioral health conditions successfully quit tobacco products. According to the 2020 Montana Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the smoking prevalence is more than two times higher among adults who reported frequent poor mental health days compared to those who did not. It is estimated that 500 Montanans will benefit from the new program over the next fiscal year.
  • New Hampshire – Governor Chris Sununu signed legislation to provide Medicaid dental coverage to 85,000 adults in the state. Funding for the first three years will come from a $21 million settlement the state reached with Centene over Medicaid pharmacy benefit management costs.
  • Nevada – The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services requests authority for a new five-year Section 1115 demonstration to expand statewide access to comprehensive behavioral health services for those with opioid use disorders and other substance use disorders. Specifically, the state seeks a limited waiver of the federal Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases exclusion. The federal public comment period will be open from July 5, 2022 through August 4, 2022.
  • North Carolina – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced the establishment of Community Access Points in all counties to provide free and easy COVID-19 tests for home use. Starting July 1, people will be able to find home tests at covid19.ncdhhs.gov/FindTests
  • Tennessee – CMS sent a letter to Tennessee requesting that it make changes to its proposed TennCare Section 1115 waiver, which would authorize the state’s Medicaid block grant program. For more information about the TennCare III Demonstration, SHVS published an analysis of the waiver when it was approved by CMS in 2021.
  • Washington – CMS approved Washington state’s extension of Medicaid and CHIP coverage for 12 months after pregnancy under ARPA. As a result, up to an additional 12,000 people annually will now have access to Medicaid or CHIP coverage for a full year after pregnancy. With this approval, an estimated 265,000 Americans annually in 15 states and D.C. have gained access to 12 months of postpartum coverage through ARPA. As a reminder, SHVS published an issue brief that examines the ARPA postpartum coverage extension.