Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

In This Report:

In response to the public health emergency caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families has created this resource center to keep you up to date on the latest in health coverage. [If you need help finding affordable health coverage or meeting other needs, call or text 211 for assistance.]

Research and Reports

Approved 1135 Waivers and State Plan Amendments for COVID-19 Tracker

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Medicaid and CHIP Provisions and Recommendations for States, March 22, 2020 (updated)


Medicaid, CHIP, and COVID-19 Webinar, April 7, 2020




Secretary Azar Extends Public Health Emergency Medicaid Protections for Beneficiaries and States


Families with Young Children Need More Support During COVID-19, Surveys Show, August 12, 2020

Children Need Social Emotional Learning Support Especially During COVID-19 and School Closures, August 5, 2020


Children Need Social Emotional Learning Support Especially During COVID-19 and School Closures, July 27, 2020

New Report Finds Chilling Effect, Avoidance of Health Care Services Among Immigrant Families, July 2, 2020

Five Steps States Can Take to Address Inequities of Health Crisis, July 1, 2020


Medicaid Enrollment Appears to be Accelerating June 18, 2020

Medicaid Work Requirements in the Time of Unemployment June 12, 2020

Opportunities for Supporting Children and Families through Pediatric Primary Care in the Time of COVID-19 June 11, 2020

Confronting Maternal Mortality Crisis: New Resources Track State Progress on Extending Medicaid Postpartum Coverage June 5, 2020


News and Notes on Medicaid Prescription Drug Pricing and Coverage Issues, May 18, 2020

As Expected, Medicaid Enrollment is Starting to Increase, May 14, 2020

Taxing Medicaid Managed Care to Mitigate Medicaid Cuts – Center For Children and Families, May 14, 2020

House HEROES Act Bill Would Provide Significant Further Support for State Medicaid Programs, May 13, 2020

Waive, Suspend, Delay, Eliminate, Forgive CHIP Premiums? Semantics Matter for Families who Need Fiscal Relief from COVID-19 Impacts, May 13, 2020

Expanding Medicaid Would Help Keep Rural Hospitals Open in 14 Non-Expansion States, May 12, 2020

State Budget Cuts to Medicaid Means Reduced Federal Funding, Larger Total Cuts, May 7, 2020

Medicaid Managed Care in the Time of COVID-19 and State Budget Cuts, May 7, 2020

New Urban Institute State-Level Health Coverage Estimates as Unemployment Rises, May 5, 2020

Critical Need for Further, Large FMAP Increases to Sustain State Medicaid Programs During Economic Crisis, May 4, 2020

Governors and Medicaid Directors Continue to Press for Withdrawal of Damaging Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule, May 4, 2020


Uninsured and Unemployed: Medicaid and CHIP Could Help You and Your Family During Covid Pandemic and Beyond, April 22, 2020

Getting MAGI Right: Do COVID-19 Stimulus Payments and Extra Unemployment Count toward Medicaid Eligibility?, April 22, 2020

Now is the Time to Remove CHIP Waiting Periods and Welcome Kids into Coverage, April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Response: States That Run Their Own ACA Marketplace Are Better Positioned to Help Consumers Get Covered, April 16, 2020

March Research Round Up: What We’re Reading, April 16, 2020

Pandemic Induced Pragmatism: The State of Medicaid Waiver Policy, April 15, 2020

Approved Disaster Relief SPAs Reduce Burdens on Beneficiaries, April 15, 2020

Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility Verification Flexibilities Help States Keep up with Increased Application Volume due to COVID-19, April 14, 2020

States Should Accept all Federal Funding Already on Table to Fill as Many Health Coverage Gaps as Possible While Pressing for More, April 13, 2020

Recent Medicaid Expansion Activity in Eight States during the COVID-19 Crisis, April 13, 2020

COVID-19 and Immigrant Health, April 10, 2020

The Rate of Uninsured Infants and Toddlers is Growing. Don’t Let COVID-19 Pandemic Make Things Worse, April 8, 2020

Kids Lose Access to Critical Health Care Source When Schools Shutter Due to COVID-19, April 6, 2020

Medicaid Work Requirements and COVID-19, April 6, 2020

Pandemic Puts Need for Improved Access to Affordable Health Coverage into Sharper Focus, April 2, 2020

Much of the Fiscal Relief Provided to States for COVID-19 Could be Canceled Out if  “MFAR” Rule Is Finalized, April 1, 2020


The CARES Act: A Missed Opportunity to Help State Medicaid and CHIP Programs Protect People and Public Health, March 27, 2020

Navigating Coverage During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Frequently Asked Questions, March 27, 2020

Medicaid Disaster Relief SPA Template Suggests Positive Steps States Can Take During the COVID-19 Pandemic, March 26, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Impact on Pregnant Women Covered by Medicaid and CHIP, March 26, 2020

CMS Guidance Clarifies that Families First COVID-19 Response Bill’s FMAP Increase Will Benefit CHIP Too, March 25, 2020

CHIP and COVID-19 Response, March 24, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Freezes Disenrollment in Medicaid, March 23, 2020

How Will the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Help States Protect People and Public Health? March 23, 2020

CMS Should Withdraw Medicaid State Financing and Supplemental Payment Rule That Undercuts COVID-19 Relief Bill’s Enhanced Federal Medicaid Match, March 18, 2020

CMS Releases FAQ on COVID-19 for Medicaid and CHIP, March 13, 2020

Increase in Federal Medicaid Matching Rate Should Be Essential Element of Any COVID-19 Response, March 11, 2020

Medicaid and COVID-19, March 9, 2020


Statement by Joan Alker on Withdrawal of the “Strengthening the Program Integrity of the Medicaid Eligibility Determination Process” Proposed Rule

Additional Resources