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Medicaid’s Response to COVID-19

Historically, Medicaid has played an important role in state and federal responses to public health emergencies, including natural disasters, disease outbreaks and others, such as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Most recently, Medicaid has played a key role in the response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Learn more about how the federal government and the states are using available Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) authorities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure availability of health services for beneficiaries.

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Access in Brief: Effects of COVID-19 on Medicaid Beneficiaries’ Health and Health Care Utilization

March 5, 2024

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on the health and health care utilization of Americans, but there is limited information on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Medicaid beneficiaries. In this issue brief, we use data from the 2020 and 2021 National Health Interview Survey to compare demographics, COVID-19 diagnosis, severity of COVID-19, […]

Data Update on Unwinding the Continuous Coverage Provisions

December 14, 2023

This presentation provided a review of the reporting requirements related to the unwinding of the continuous coverage requirements in Medicaid and an update on data to monitor state progress. It included the most recently released data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on renewal outcomes, changes in enrollment, transitions in coverage, and operational […]

Unwinding the Continuous Coverage Requirement in Medicaid: State and Managed Care Plan Strategies

November 2, 2023

Continuing the Commission’s discussion on how the unwinding of the continuous coverage requirement in Medicaid is proceeding, this panel focused on the approaches and adjustments states have made over the course of the unwinding, how states are using data to inform their efforts, and promising outreach strategies, including engaging managed care plans in such efforts.
Panelists […]