Federal Government Releases Medicaid and CHIP Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

The Biden-Harris Administration this week issued guidance to states on available options to advance COVID-19 vaccination and testing, as well as Medicaid insurance enrollment, as part of its implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide guidance to states about additional ARPA funds for states to promote the importance of COVID-19 vaccination in eligible children and adults enrolled in Medicaid.

Under the guidance issued by the federal government, the Biden-Harris Administration reiterates the availability of Medicaid coverage for diagnostic and screening testing for COVID-19 consistent with CDC recommendations in school settings. The guidance additionally addresses the coverage of habilitation services for children with disabilities, access to COVID-19 vaccinations, and incentives to expand Medicaid coverage to specified populations.

Additional information on the federal government’s guidance is available here.