Medicaid and CHIP Changes - May 2023
In March 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) temporarily waived certain Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements and conditions to help prevent people from losing their health coverage during the pandemic.
Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which included a provision that Medicaid programs keep people continuously enrolled (Medicaid Maintenance of Enrollment or MOE) through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).
The PHE is ending on May 11, 2023 and the MOE will end as a result. State Medicaid offices will start Medicaid and CHIP eligibility renewals again. Participants will need to take steps to ensure their coverage doesn’t lapse.
If you or a family member are enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, here’s how you can prepare:
Update your contact information – Make sure your state Medicaid office has your current mailing address, phone number, email, or other contact information. This way, they’ll be able to contact you about your Medicaid or CHIP coverage.
Check your mail – Your state Medicaid office will mail you a letter about your Medicaid or CHIP coverage. This letter will also let you know if you need to complete a renewal form to see if you still qualify for Medicaid or CHIP.
Complete your renewal form (if you get one) – Fill out the form and return it to your eligibility worker right away to help avoid a gap in your Medicaid or CHIP coverage.
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In the event you or a family member no longer qualify for Medicaid or CHIP coverage, you may be eligible to buy a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace and get help with costs.
You can visit HealthCare.gov or call the Marketplace Call Center at 800-318-2596 to submit a new or updated Marketplace application to see if you – or other family members – are eligible to buy a Marketplace plan and get help with costs.