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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions are used to provide additional information and/or statutory guidance not found in State Medicaid Director Letters, State Health Official Letters, or CMCS Informational Bulletins. The different sets of FAQs as originally released can be accessed below.Frequently Asked Questions are used to provide additional information and/or statutory guidance not found in State Medicaid Director Letters, State Health Official Letters, or CMCS Informational Bulletins. The different sets of FAQs as originally released can be accessed below.

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Both the State Medicaid Director Letter describing the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) section 1115 demonstration opportunity and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) SUD Implementation Plan template, reference needs assessment tools and program standards established by the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Is a state required to reference or rely on the ASAM Criteria in implementing an SUD section 1115 demonstration?

No, a state is not required to reference or rely on the ASAM Criteria however, states should use guidelines/patient placement tools that are comparable to ASAM criteria. The State Medicaid Director Letter describing the SUD section 1115 demonstration opportunity references the ASAM Criteria as a recognized standard and an example of a patient placement assessment tool that states could use. Participating states are expected to ensure that providers use an SUD-specific, multi-dimensional assessment tool in determining the types of treatments and level of care a beneficiary with an SUD may need. The ASAM Criteria is referenced as a representative example of such an assessment tool. 

Some states proposed alternative needs assessment tools. CMS reviews each alternative proposal on an individual basis, and CMS has so far determined that those alternatives are comparable to the ASAM Criteria and meet the expectations for this demonstration initiative. In addition, participating states are expected to implement provider qualifications for residential treatment providers that reflect well-established standards for these treatment settings. Again, the ASAM Criteria is referenced as an example of a resource that states may use for determining those standards.

FAQ ID:93681

Where can I find an application to apply for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP)?

The Medicare Savings Program (MSP) Model application can be found here: Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) Model Application for Medicare Premium Assistance

FAQ ID:95161

How can I find a provider that accepts Medicaid or CHIP?

Each state Medicaid and CHIP program has its own provider network. Contact your state for a list of providers.

FAQ ID:95146

How do I replace my Medicaid card?

Contact your state Medicaid agency. They can help you get replacement cards and answer your questions about what services are covered, providers to use, and how to renew your eligibility.

FAQ ID:95141

Does Medicaid cover pregnancies, mental health, dental, nursing home, or long term care?

States are required to cover certain benefits and others are optional. To learn what your state covers, contact your state Medicaid agency. To learn more about the Federal rules around mandatory and optional services, visit the benefits page.

FAQ ID:95101

My state has been affected by a natural disaster and/or a public health emergency has been declared. I am on Medicaid and my children are on CHIP. I have a question about our coverage. Who should I call?

Contact your state Medicaid agency. They can help answer your coverage questions and what to do when you have an access problem due to the declared emergency.

FAQ ID:95046

I have a question about my Medicaid account. What is your phone number?

Contact your state Medicaid agency. They can help you get replacement cards and answer your questions about what services are covered, providers to use, and how to renew your eligibility.

FAQ ID:94571

How do I apply for (or renew) Medicaid or CHIP?

Your state will determine if you qualify for Medicaid. Contact your state for renewal or application information.

FAQ ID:93381

Who can tell me if I am eligible for Medicaid?

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Since Medicaid is administered by the Medicaid agency in your state, eligibility may vary from one state to another. Contact your state Medicaid Agency with questions, or see if you qualify by applying. CMS is the federal agency that works with state Medicaid agencies to make sure they comply with federal laws and regulations.

FAQ ID:94506

I want to apply for Medicaid or get coverage for my child. Who do I contact?

Your state will determine if you qualify for Medicaid. Contact your state for renewal or application information.

FAQ ID:94516

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