National Association of Community Health Centers: Health Centers Benefit from Pandemic-Era Medicaid Flexibilities
As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed last March, states began receiving a 6.2% bump to the federal Medicaid match rate. In exchange for the higher federal funding, states are not allowed to disenroll any beneficiaries from Medicaid during the PHE. The NACHC surveyed federally qualified health centers, federally funded nonprofit provider clinics, in September to determine how losing the Medicaid flexibilities will affect their operations and their patients’ health. The group argues that, along with codifying telehealth flexibilities, Congress should take a number of actions to protect Medicaid coverage — many of which it’s already considering.