NEW MEDICAID UNWINDING FLYER AVAILABLE
Unwinding the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement is upon us as some states have already started the process of conducting redeterminations and could terminate people’s Medicaid eligibility as early as April 1. We have created a new flyer which highlights what people need to do regarding the unwinding of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement.
To highlight the new flyer, Olli the NaviGator is also here to tell people what they need to do to make sure that they maintain their Medicaid coverage. You can see all of Olli’s adventures on our social media channels plus we have compiled all of Olli’s adventures on this NDNRC webpage.
Last week, we highlighted CMS’s release of key dates that states are using to conduct their redeterminations (see our news item). The Georgetown Center for Children and Families has a weekly blog post which focuses on the Medicaid unwinding, and this week’s blog post provides an explainer of what many of those dates mean.
We are continuing to update our “Medicaid Unwinding Resources” blog post. This includes a link to our new Medicaid unwinding flyer and a new webinar that was put on by Families USA on surviving the redetermination process. On this blog you’ll also find a link to the Community Catalyst Outreach Toolkit.
At the end of last week, CMS met with health insurance plans and associations to discuss the Medicaid unwinding. You can read more about this meeting in the CMS press release.
The Georgetown Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) posted in their blog this week about what state-based marketplaces and state insurance commissioners can do to help with people who lose their coverage as a result of the Medicaid unwinding.
Another blog post from CHIR highlight some of the issues being encountered by employer-sponsored health insurance with rising healthcare costs and what some are doing to combat this.
Even though Open Enrollment Year 10 (OE10) has ended and Medicaid unwinding is occurring, that doesn’t mean that there still isn’t an opportunity for people to get covered. In fact, if you experienced a recent life event, you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). As part of our partnership with Community Catalyst, we have a project which highlights opportunities for people with disabilities to get access to health coverage through Medicaid or the ACA marketplace. As part of this project, they have graphics like the one below which highlight SEPs when you lose employer coverage. These are available in the Community Catalyst Outreach Hub.
If you missed it last month, CMS released a proposed National Coverage Determination (NCD) to cover elevation systems in power wheelchairs as a Medicare benefit. Comments on this proposal will be received through March 17, 2023, so there is one more week to still submit comments. To learn more or for links to the proposed rules and CMS press release, check out our news item.
Finally – this past week the disability community lost a great advocate as Judy Heumann passed away on March 4, 2023. You can read more about Judy’s legacy in the news post on our AAHD website.
Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.