At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government declared a public health emergency (PHE). The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law, allowing for a variety of flexibilities and provisions to help relieve Americans from unexpected or unfavorable impacts experienced through the PHE. One such provision is the continuous enrollment requirement for State Medicaid Agencies (SMA) to help ensure Medicaid members maintained continuous benefit coverage throughout the PHE. As a result, West Virginia Medicaid members have maintained their coverage and can continue to use their benefits as normal.
On December 23, 2022, Congress approved, and the President signed into law, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This law set the date of April 1, 2023, for the end of Medicaid continuous enrollment. Other PHE flexibilities and provisions implemented will remain in place. This law allows all members who previously failed to complete a renewal during the PHE, or who would have normally been determined ineligible at the time of renewal, to receive a notice to complete a new renewal prior to any negative action being taken on their Medicaid benefit.
The federal government determines how long the PHE will last and has committed to providing states a 60-day notice prior to the PHE end date. Once that information is made available, BMS will notify our members. This web page provides resources for members, stakeholders, providers, and partners of West Virginia Medicaid plans.
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