Medicaid COVID Updates: Inching Toward a Change?


As of the date of the publication of this newsletter, the temporary policy enacted early in the pandemic by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) suspending program closures is still in effect, but as the “acute phase” of the pandemic appears to be nearing an end, it is possible that the end may be in sight for this policy. 

What does this mean?

Once the temporary policy is lifted, all active Medicaid cases will again require an annual redetermination, and many of our clients will again need to provide verifications of continued eligibility.

How will Medicaid Recipients know?

After the change, it is anticipated Medicaid recipients will receive a Verification Checklist inquiring into the current assets and income so an eligibility determination can be made.  Often, these Verification Checklists are issued with a short turnaround time to provide the verifications.  It has not yet been announced how the redeterminations will be prioritized, so it is important to keep an eye out for any correspondence from DHHS, to make sure you remain eligible.

If you or a loved one are receiving Medicaid benefits, you or a loved one has questions regarding Medicaid, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office.

This policy allowed the state of Michigan to receive an increase in federal Medicaid funding as a part of The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act.