Fierce Healthcare September 29, 2023
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to state health officials Friday reminding states they must provide 12 months of continuous coverage to children under the age of 19 on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beginning Jan. 1, 2024.
Federal health agencies insist providing continuous care will support short- and long-term health outcomes, as required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, noting that coverage could extend past 12 months if requested under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.
“Children should always have access to health care services. No exceptions. Thanks to the actions taken by the Biden-Harris Administration, states must provide all children with Medicaid and CHIP continuous coverage for...