End of Medicaid Continuous Coverage & the Federal COVID PHE
The federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) provided NC Medicaid beneficiaries continuous (ongoing) Medicaid health coverage. With the passage of Omnibus Bill in December 2022, states are no longer required to maintain the Medicaid continuous coverage beginning April 1, 2023. This means states must start recertifying eligibility for all Medicaid beneficiaries.
NC Medicaid began the recertification (renewal) process April 1, 2023. Recertifications (renewals) will be completed over the next 12 months, as beneficiaries are up for renewal. Medicaid recertification (renewal) is the way a beneficiary's information is reviewed to make sure they are still eligible for Medicaid health coverage.