Multi-Organization Letter to HHS Regarding COVID-19
We, the undersigned organizations, write with urgent guidance on how to best ensure access to coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and treatment during the current pandemic.
We welcome guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on March 13th regarding potential state actions using Section 1135 authority. We have identified important additional areas for state action, and write to request further guidance from HHS inviting states to request flexibility in these areas:
- Allowing for streamlined Medicaid eligibility procedures to remove any potential barriers to screening and treatment;
- Increasing access to Medicare and Medicaid home care benefits to move people out of congregate post-acute and LTSS settings when possible; and
- Allowing for targeted coverage expansions to people with symptoms of COVID-19 to cover screening and treatment.