Updated CMS Processes for Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) Implementing CY 2021 Medicare-Medicaid Integration and Unified Appeals and Grievance Requirements in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
April 2020

In response to the unique circumstances resulting from D-SNPs’ and states’ priority focus on reducing the risks of COVID-19 transmission and maintaining continuity of operations, this memorandum outlines updated CMS processes for review and approval of state Medicaid agency contracts (SMACs) for contract year 2021. The goal is to provide D-SNPs and states with as much additional time as possible to execute contracts consistent with these new regulatory requirements prior to the January 1, 2021, effective date.