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What is the Public Health Emergency (PHE) and how does it affect me?
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government declared a public health emergency (PHE). During the federal PHE, state Medicaid agencies are required to continue health care coverage for all medical assistance programs, even if someone's eligibility changes.
As a result, Medicaid, MI Child, and Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) beneficiaries remain covered during the federal PHE so they don't have to worry about their health and wellbeing during this challenging time.
How long will the federal COVID-19 PHE last?The PHE declaration is a federal decision and no one knows yet when the PHE will end. The federal government has indicated they will give states a 60-day notice before formally ending the PHE. The State has not yet received this notice. If not ended, the federal PHE can be extended for up to 90-days at a time and has been renewed every 90 days for nearly two years. The PHE was most recently renewed on July 15, 2022. The PHE renewal can be viewed on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website at https://aspr.hhs.gov/legal/PHE/Pages/covid19-15jul2022.aspx.
What will happen when the federal COVID-19 PHE ends?As soon as we know when it will end, MDHHS will notify our beneficiaries and partners. Before Medicaid renewals begin, beneficiaries will receive an alert letter with guidance on how to prepare.
What is MDHHS doing to engage with Medicaid beneficiaries?MDHHS is currently preparing communication tools including a beneficiary text messaging campaign, online brochure, website content, Frequently Asked Questions, social media (Facebook, Twitter) posts, and radio advertisements. Additionally, a stakeholder toolkit is under development with resources being published as they are finalized. Check out the stakeholder toolkit resources at: www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/end-phe/stakeholder-toolkit.
What is the current MDHHS communication timeline for eligibility renewal packets to be sent out?Currently, MDHHS has no communication timeline until the Federal Department of Health and Human Services announces the end of the Public Health Emergency. Once there is a date for the ending of the Public Health Emergency, MDHHS will communicate a timeline for the eligibility renewal packets that will be sent.