Many states used additional federal funding to expand Medicaid enrollment during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), first declared by the US Department of Health and Human Services on January 31, 2020 and ending May 11, 2023. With the end of the PHE, many federal programs and funding – including the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement and accompanying federal funding – will be ending.
While it is unlikely that dialysis patients who are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid (known as dual eligibles) will lose their Medicaid coverage, DPC is urging that they make sure the state has their current contact information on file.
The states have been preparing for the end of the PHE by reaching out to Medicaid clients to educate them about the upcoming changes. States will now begin implementing what is called a Medicaid redetermination process to determine whether individuals will be able to remain on their state Medicaid program.
It’s a good idea to talk with the financial counselor at your dialysis center about your current insurance coverage and assistance with making sure your insurance carriers have your current mailing address, e-mail address and primary phone number.