It’s official. COVID-19 is no longer a national public health emergency. It ended today just six days after the World Health Organization announced that it is no longer a global public health emergency.
While most people think that the greatest effect of the end of the emergency has to do with COVID-19, they’d be wrong. The public health emergency also granted people who were on Medicaid peace of mind in their health coverage. While the public health emergency was in effect, they couldn’t lose their Medicaid coverage, even if their circumstances changed and they were no longer eligible.
With the public health emergency ending today, that means that folks will need to take action to ensure that they have medical insurance coverage. Many people are still eligible for Medicaid and only need to renew it. Others who are no longer eligible will have to find private insurance and can use the state’s Pennie marketplace to do so.
To make sure you keep your Medicaid insurance:
- Update your information in COMPASS or call 1-877-395-8930 or 1-215-560-7226 for help.
- 3 ways to renew:
- Look for your renewal forms in the mail and complete it.
- OR complete your renewal in COMPASS.
- OR call 1-866-550-4355 to renew by phone.
If you are no longer eligible for Medicaid, the state also offers free and low cost health insurance options at www.pennie.com or chipcoverspakids.com if you have kids under age 19.
Help is available:
- State DHS: 1-877-395-8930 or 1-215-560-7226
- Pennsylvania Health Action Network: 877-570-3642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 311 in Philadelphia