COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Unwinding – Medicaid Eligibility

The federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) implemented flexibilities that help people across the country get on, and stay on, Medicaid. As a result, Medicaid enrollment numbers swelled during the pandemic.

Once the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services declares that the federal PHE has ended, state Medicaid agencies will begin the process of unwinding these PHE flexibilities, which involves reviewing the Medicaid eligibility for all people. Through this review, it is anticipated that millions of individuals and families could lose coverage.

Public education, outreach and advocacy will be critical to ensuring that individuals and families do not erroneously lose coverage. NHeLP, our partners, and other organizations will be supporting advocates on the ground to ensure a smooth PHE unwinding process that preserves Medicaid coverage for all people who remain eligible.


NHeLP’s litigation team is monitoring the PHE unwinding and focusing on this litigation. If you are interested in discussing litigation, please contact NHeLP’s Litigation Director, Jane Perkins at [email protected].

PHE Unwinding Resources and Analysis

Meet the Legal and Policy Experts working on the PHE unwinding process

Miriam Delaney Heard
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Miriam Delaney Heard

Senior Attorney

Miriam Delaney Heard is a Senior Attorney in the National Health Law Program’s North Carolina office. In addition to…

Elizabeth Edwards
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Elizabeth Edwards

Senior Attorney

Elizabeth Edwards is a Senior Attorney in the National Health Law Program’s North Carolina offices. In addition to working…

Alicia Emanuel
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Alicia Emanuel

Senior Attorney

Area(s) of Expertise: California, Medi-Cal Eligibility, Covered California, Exchange Coverage, Children's Health, CA Children's Services Program  Alicia Emanuel is…

Sarah Grusin
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Sarah Grusin

Senior Attorney

Area(s) of Expertise: Due Process, Immigrant Access to Care, Algorithms and Computer Systems, 1115 Waivers, Court Access and Private…

Kimberly Lewis
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Kimberly Lewis

Managing Attorney - Los Angeles

Kimberly Lewis is the Managing Attorney of the National Health Law Program’s Los Angeles offices. Kim works on state…

Jane Perkins
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Jane Perkins

Legal Director

Jane Perkins is the National Health Law Program Legal Director. As such, she leads our efforts to ensure that…

Skyler Rosellini
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Skyler Rosellini

Senior Attorney

Skyler Rosellini is a Senior Attorney at the National Health Law Program’s Los Angeles office. Skyler’s work focuses on…

Mara Youdelman
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Mara Youdelman

Managing Attorney - Washington, DC

Mara Youdelman is Managing Attorney of the National Health Law Program’s Washington D.C. offices. Mara has worked at the…