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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 SPA amends the Specialized Services section in the State Plan to note that specialized services delivered at the facility or those that take the resident into the community may be suspended due to a state or federal national emergency.
Summary: In this time-limited state plan to respond to the COVID-19 national emergency, AZ has elected to temporarily: Expand eligibility to cover COVID-19 testing for uninsured individuals; Streamline enrollment for children whose family income changes during the disaster period; Suspend all cost sharing and premiums; and Expand access to covered outpatient drugs through adjustments to prior authorization and exceptions to the preferred drug list in the event of a drug shortage.