CMS Spotlights State Strategies for Protecting Continuity of Health Coverage when PHE Lifts

As planning for the eventual unwinding of the COVID-19 related Medicaid continuous coverage protection continues, CMS has made significant efforts to provide additional tools and flexibilities to smooth the process for states and promote continuity of coverage. One such effort is allowing states to request time-limited waivers, authorized under Section 1902(e)(14)(A), to assist Medicaid agencies […]

Federal Fiscal Relief Funding Offset More than Twice the Cost to States to Maintain Medicaid Continuous Coverage

A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) estimates the COVID-related increase in federal Medicaid and CHIP funding will exceed the cost of maintaining continuous coverage for Medicaid enrollees as required under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The analysis estimates that between January 2020 and September 2022, states will receive approximately $100.4 billion […]

American Academy of Pediatrics and Georgetown University CCF Urge PHE Extension to Protect Children from Losing Medicaid Health Coverage

In an opinion piece for The Hill, American Academy of Pediatrics President Dr. Moira Szilagyi and Georgetown University Center for Children and Families Executive Director Joan Alker explain why it is so critical for the Biden administration to continue the public health emergency beyond July 15. An estimated 7 million children nationwide are at considerable risk […]

HHS and CMS Request FCC Opinion on Text Messaging by Contractors and MCOs

HHS Secretary Becerra and CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure have formally asked for an opinion from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding whether certain text messages and automated, pre-recorded telephone calls to individuals’ cell phones are permissible under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Prior rulings from the FCC have confirmed that neither federal nor state governments […]