Utah Medicaid and the Public Health Emergency Unwinding
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government declared a public health emergency (PHE). During the PHE, state Medicaid agencies are required to continue Medicaid coverage for all members, even if their eligibility changes.
As a result, Utah Medicaid members have stayed covered during the PHE so they don't have to worry about their health and wellbeing during this challenging time.
The federal government determines how long the PHE will last, and has committed to inform states 60 days prior to the PHE end date. As soon as we know when it will end, we will notify our members. This web page provides resources for stakeholders, providers and partners as Utah Medicaid plans for upcoming changes that will result at the end of the PHE.
PHE UPDATE: Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has formally extended the Public Health Emergency (PHE). The PHE can be extended for up to 90 days at a time. This extension started April 16, 2022 and if extended a full 90 days, runs through July 15, 2022. The Biden administration has indicated there will be a 60-day notice period before any end to the PHE. The state has not yet received notice the PHE will end, so it is assumed there will be another extension in July.
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