Capitol Correspondence - 04.05.22

ANCOR Joins Letters to Congress and CMS on Unwinding the Public Health Emergency

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Last week, ANCOR joined two letters from the Partnership for Medicaid Coalition sent to Congress and the Biden administration urging the adoption of policies that would reduce unnecessary loss of Medicaid protections when the public health emergency (PHE) declaration ends.

In particular, the letter to Congressional leadership asks Congress to provide at least a 120-day period before unwinding the federal match (FMAP) and Maintenance of Effort provisions enacted under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which are tied to the PHE. The letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) echoes this request for a 120-day wind down period and also asks CMS “to continue working with states on a predictable, transparent, and evidence-informed wind down of the enhanced federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) and continuous coverage provisions included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” The letters were sent to Congress and CMS on Friday, April 1.