Democrats Try To Close Medicaid COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Gap

By Dorothy Mills-Gregg, Michelle M. Stein / February 22, 2021 at 4:48 PM
House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats are attempting to use the COVID-19 relief package to revamp a Trump-era rule that left 4 million Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine because they didn’t meet the full benefit threshold. Congress required states to maintain their Medicaid rolls in order to receive a 6.2% bump in federal Medicaid matching funds during the public health emergency. CMS originally interpreted the requirement broadly, saying it meant states must keep beneficiaries enrolled and...

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