Yesterday CMS approved AHCCCS’ waiver request asking for flexibility in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. The approved waiver does these things:

  1. Waive cost-sharing and premiums for ALL participants during the state of emergency, including KidsCare premiums and premium balances

  2. Extend KidsCare renewal deadlines so kids can stay enrolled beyond their certification period

  3. Delay renewal processing and delay action on circumstance changes to eligibility (though we do not have specifics at this time, this will include KidsCare renewals)

  4. Provide 6 months of temporary housing support for participants who test positive for COVID-19 and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

  5. Allow for payment for home and community-based services provided by family members or other legally responsible parties.