Biden administration proposes rule to overhaul Medicaid, CHIP enrollment process

The Biden-Harris Administration proposed a new CMS rule Aug. 31 to overhaul the enrollment processes for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Basic Health Programs.

If finalized, the rule would streamline applications and standardize eligibility and enrollment policies nationwide.

Senior CMS officials told reporters the rule was developed with the ending of the federal public health emergency in mind. If the public health emergency ends Oct. 13, a redetermination process will begin a major disenrollment of Medicaid beneficiaries, potentially impacting up to 15 million people’s coverage.

“The work we’re doing on the ground right now with states is around immediate preparation of unwinding from the public health emergency,” CMS officials said during the call. “We think many of the tactics we’ve been working on with states will actually line up quite well with the elements we’ve proposed in this rule for a later date, if we are able to finalize the rule in some way as proposed.”

Source: Biden administration proposes rule to overhaul Medicaid, CHIP enrollment process / Becker’s Payer Issues

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