Capitol Correspondence - 04.07.20

New Resource: CMS Issues Updated COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Document

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As announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

“Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the website to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  CMS is taking this action in its continuing efforts to protect the health and safety of providers and patients, including those who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP.

As we answer new questions, those responses will be integrated into a comprehensive set of FAQs. The complete COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and CHIP agencies, including those previously issued and those released today, can be found here:

Newly answered questions are identified as such in the document, and are also included in the body of this email for easy reference. Additionally, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies can send additional questions directly to the mailbox: [email protected].  

These FAQs, and earlier CMS actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work CMS is doing in response to COVID-19, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.   Additionally, CMS has launched a dedicated,, COVID-19 resource page that will be continually updated with relevant information. 

CMS is available to provide technical assistance to states to support your needs in responding to the COVID-19 virus. If you have questions or would like technical assistance in this area, please contact your state lead.”