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MassHealth Continuous Coverage during COVID 19 Emergency

Date: 
04/15/2020
Author: 
MLRI

On March 18, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was enacted. It prohibited states from ending coverage for Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled on March 18, 2020 or later and continuing until the end of the COVID-19 emergency. CMS has issued two sets of FAQs for the states with more information about the termination moratorium. On March 20, MassHealth announced it had implemented the protection effective March 18. On April 7, 2020 MassHealth announced the moratorium in an Eligibility Operations Memo. It is also described in  FAQs on the MassHealth COVID-19 page, on the Health Connector COVID-19 page and  in a March 20 email to Enrollment Assisters.The federal law applies to Medicaid, but MassHealth has extended the protection to all the programs it administers including CMSP and the Health Safety Net. All the federal or state documents we could find as of 4/15/20 along with citations (where available) and links are  in the attached document. 

 

6/30/2020 Updated CMS Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/downloads/covid-19-faqs.pdf

11/2/2020 Interim Final Rule with Comment Period 

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