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Medicaid State Plan Amendments
A Medicaid and CHIP state plan is an agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It gives an assurance that a state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.
When a state is planning to make a change to its program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. States also submit SPAs to request permissible program changes, make corrections, or update their Medicaid or CHIP state plan with new information.
Persons with disabilities having problems accessing the SPA PDF files may call 410-786-0429 for assistance.
Summary: This time-limited state plan amendment responds to the COVID-19 national emergency. The purpose of this amendment is to suspend cost-sharing for all eligibility groups for COVID-19 testing and treatment, add new optional benefits (management and evaluation service for adults with SMI; well-check service for children and adults with developmental disabilities); adjust benefits currently in the state plan (exempt certain services from annual limits when associated with testing or treatment of COVID-19); allow 90-day supplies of drugs and early refills; allow exceptions to the State's preferred drug list in case of shortages; establish payments for the new optional benefits; increase rates for direct care services and day habilitation; establish payments for delivering existing services through telehealth; and establish rates for COVID-19 screening and testing.
Summary: CMS is approving this time-limited state plan amendment to respond to the COVID-19 national emergency. The purposes of this amendment is to establish supplemental payments to direct care workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.