End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Recertification & What to Know
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government declared a public health emergency (PHE) on January 27, 2020. Following the PHE announcement, a law was passed that allowed recipients to automatically renew and maintain their existing Medicaid coverage (continuous Medicaid). Based on the new federal law, continuous Medicaid ends on May 11, 2023, and eligible recipients must resume the standard renewal process that was in place prior to the PHE. As a result, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) expects to see a 20% decrease in Medicaid recipients statewide.
To unwind continuous coverage, Texas HHSC will stagger Medicaid redeterminations between May and December 2023. The goal is to:
- Maintain coverage for eligible individuals and reduce churn.
- Prioritize redeterminations for those most likely to be ineligible or to be eligible for another program.
- Reduce the risk of overwhelming the eligibility system or workforce during the unwinding period.
- Establish a sustainable renewal schedule for subsequent years.
Parkland Community Health Plan has created a variety of materials to support our providers and members throughout this transition and unwinding period. Available materials include but are not limited to:
Convenient take-away materials that can be easily distributed in large quantities and referred to in the future.
For display in common spaces—waiting areas or patient rooms. Posters quickly draw attention, convey key information, and make a lasting impression on the reader.
Compact, grab-and-go material used to deliver short, important messages. Rack cards can fit easily in a purse or pocket.
Informational flyer answering questions commonly asked by patients regarding renewals and the end of the PHE.
For Internal Use Only
Quick Reference Guide for Office Staff—including general talking points and template responses to commonly asked patient questions.
For Internal Use Only
Suite of materials to support communication to patients regarding renewals and the end of the PHE.
The End of Continuous Coverage Ambassador Toolkit created by Texas HHSC is also available for use.
Medicaid and CHIP Flexibilities with COVID-19
Any changes to Medicaid and CHIP services will be posted here and sent out through HHSC’s standard communication channels.
The full list of COVID-19 flexibility updates can be found here.