CMS yesterday updated its FAQ for state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program agencies, answering questions related to flexibilities related to managed care, benefits, financing, Section 1115 demonstrations, and Section 1135 waivers offered as part of the president’s declaration of a national emergency. 

The agency also clarified coverage of COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment by catastrophic health plans. The document aligns with guidance released last week by the Internal Revenue Service, which gave high deductible health plans flexibility to provide COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment benefits without deductibles or cost-sharing.

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