COUNTDOWN TO MEDICAID UNWINDING CONTINUES
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. Yesterday, the Kaiser Family Foundation hosted a webinar which addressed how different states are approaching the Medicaid unwinding.
The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Georgetown Center for Children and Families also released a new report this week on their 50-state survey of Medicaid and CHIP eligibility. The full report is available on the Kaiser website, and you can also read a list of key findings in Georgetown’s blog post.
While some states have started the process of redeterminations and could terminate Medicaid enrollment for some as of April 1, many states have very different timelines. If you’re wondering what the timeline looks like for your state, CMS released a list of key dates by state regarding 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 highlights new state specific flyers which they have created along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and GMMB to help inform Medicaid beneficiaries about the redetermination process.
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) released an issue brief on what states are doing to prepare for the end of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement.
If you missed it last week, we created a flyer which highlights what people need to do regarding the unwinding of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement. We also released a new Olli the NaviGator comic 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.
We are continuing to update our “Medicaid Unwinding Resources” blog post. This includes a link to our new Medicaid unwinding flyer, the NASHP issue brief and the Kaiser webinar mentioned above. On this blog you’ll also find a link to the Community Catalyst Outreach Toolkit.
Looking for ideas on how to reach consumers about Medicaid unwinding? Join Young Invincibles to hear from assisters about what they are doing in their states to gear up for the end of Medicaid continuous coverage. You can register for this webinar which will be conducted Thursday, March 23 at 1 PM ET.
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 timelines for SEPs. These are available in the Community Catalyst Outreach Hub.
One of the aims of the Inflation Reduction Act was to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. This week, CMS released information on the new rebate program for prescription drugs in the Medicare program. To learn more, check out the CMS press release.
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 today, so there is still time submit comments. To learn more or for links to the proposed rules and CMS press release, check out our news item.
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