Medicaid & CHIP and the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Medicaid & CHIP and the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Published: May 20, 2021
Publisher: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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Key Findings
  • Comparing the PHE period (March – October 2020) to the same period in 2019, the data show
    • ~34% fewer (14 million) mental health services provided to children under age 19.
    • ~22% fewer (12 million) mental health services provided to adults ages 19 to 64.
    • ~13% fewer (3.6 million) substance use disorder services provided to adults ages 19 to 64.
  • Approximately 1,249,801 Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries received treatment for COVID-19 through October 31, 2020.

This preliminary Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) data snapshot from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services highlights the continued impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency on Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. The data show that, from March through October 2020, beneficiaries have foregone millions of primary, preventive, and mental health care visits due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, compared to the same time period in 2019. Although utilization rates for some treatments have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, mental health services show the slowest rebound.

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