Maryland Cannot Terminate Medicaid Eligibility During National Public Health Emergency
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires states to not terminate Medicaid benefits for recipients who were enrolled in Medicaid on or after March 18, 2020. Medicaid coverage must continue for these individuals through the end of the month in which the national public health emergency declaration is lifted. During this time, individuals may still voluntarily terminate their eligibility for Medicaid or lose eligibility if they are no longer a resident of the state in which they were receiving Medicaid benefits.
Maryland has also taken steps to preserve individuals’ eligibility for Maryland Medicaid (also known as Medical Assistance) benefits during this national health crisis. For recipients, whose deadline to renew Medicaid occurs during this time, the Medicaid program is currently extending recipients’ deadlines to renew coverage to June 30, 2020.
Further, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) suspended monthly premium payments for the Maryland Children’s Health Program Premium and Employed Individuals with Disabilities program during Maryland’s state of emergency. View MDH’s guidance HERE.
MDH is keeping recipients updated on the latest Medicaid information during Maryland's state of emergency on MDH’s Medicaid COVID-19 Participant Updates webpage: https://mmcp.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Medicaid-COVID-19-Participant-Updates.aspx