On January 31, 2020, the Secretary of Health and Human Services declared that a Public Health Emergency (PHE) existed due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Shortly thereafter, the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) became law and allowed the States to claim a temporary funding increase for Medicaid as long as the States did not close or reduce Medicaid benefits for recipients who were enrolled on or after March 18, 2020. Three years have passed since these early days of the pandemic. This seminar will focus on the most up-to-date Department of Human Services’ guidance on unwinding the now-ended PHE.
The attorneys for the Department will explain how individuals who maintained eligibility during the PHE while over-resourced will be treated, when renewal dates and benefit closures can occur, and how overpayments of benefits will be addressed. This seminar addresses how eligibility for Medicaid will transition from the pandemic era to the new post-COVID-19 world in which we live.
Mark J. Newell, Esq., Senior Counsel, Governor’s Office of General Counsel, Department of Human Services
Lesley Oakes, Esq. Senior Counsel, Department of Human Services
Anthony L. Marone, Esq., Harvey, Ballard, and Bornstein, L.L.C.