Public Health Emergency Unwind

What is the end of the public health emergency (PHE)?

The end of the PHE means the flexibilities put into place by the federal government in March 2020 are coming to an end, beginning on May 11, 2023. This includes extra coverages for different Medicaid services, supports and programs.

For example, the home and community-based services (HCBS) and telehealth coverage expanded to cover a wider range of Iowans during the during the PHE. While some states may continue some of these flexibilities, others will be returning to their normal coverage from before the PHE.

The documents in the table below will be updated to reflect the dates the flexibilities will be ending:

PHE Unwind Resources

Medicaid Flexibilities Start & End Dates

PHE Flexibilities End Presentation
Telehealth Flexibilities Following the PHE (IL 2432-MC-FFS)
Telehealth Covered Codes
Telehealth Non-Covered Codes

What this means for you

Providers are encouraged to note the end dates of the flexibilities ending as they will be expected to follow Medicaid guidelines and regulations. Members can check the timeline above for a quick summary of the flexibilities that are ending and its impact on their health coverage.