A provision in one of the coronavirus relief packages signed into law prevents states from terminating Medicaid benefits during the pandemic.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“CV Response Act”), signed into law on March 18, 2020, prevents states from terminating any Medicaid recipients who were enrolled in Medicaid on or after March 18, 2020 even if there is a change in circumstances that would normally lead to termination. All Medicaid recipients’ coverage must continue through the end of the month in which the public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services for COVID-19 ends.

If the state terminated a Medicaid recipient’s benefits after March 18, 2020, the state must make a good faith effort to contact the recipient and encourage him or her to reenroll. States may terminate coverage for individuals who request to be terminated or who are no longer residents of the state.

The continuous coverage requirement does not apply to individuals who were determined to be presumptively eligible for benefits. However, individuals who were determined ineligible before March 18, 2020, but who continue to receive coverage while they appeal the decision are entitled to continuous coverage.

For an FAQ about the Medicaid requirements under the law, click here.