Medicaid Program Modifications COVID-19 Emergency Guidance Posted

Situation Report | September 7, 2021 

 The NYC Human Resources Administration posted a Medicaid Alert, “New York State Medicaid Program Modifications COVID-19 Emergency.” 

The following easements apply to all Medicaid clients, including community Medicaid, disabled aged and blind, nursing home eligibility, Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) and the home care services program: 

  • Clients may attest to all elements of eligibility except Immigration Status and Identity, if immigration document does not also prove identity. 
  • During the COVID-19 emergency, consumers can attest to the value of their current month resources. Consumers must submit the Supplemental A with their application and state that they need community based long term services – such as home care MLTC, adult day care (medical model) or State waiver services, Traumatic Brain injury, NHTD or OPWDD waiver – but are unable to submit a bank statement due to the COVID-19 emergency. Attesting consumers may be eligible for community coverage with Community Based Long Term Care. 
  • During the COVID-19 emergency, no Medicaid cases will be closed for failure to renew or failure to provide documentation. Any case that is closed for failure to renew or failure to provide documentation will be re-opened and coverage restored to ensure no gap in coverage. 
  • Medicaid cases with an authorization that ends in March through December 2020 have been extended. New York State has also authorized this renewal extension for cases with an authorization ending in January through December 2021. 

The Alert is available here. Registration is required.