October 15, 2021

State of Alabama
Press Release: Medicaid

COVID-19 Update from Alabama Medicaid

The Alabama Medicaid Agency (Medicaid) made important changes during the COVID-19 public health emergency to better serve recipients and to assist providers in our state. The following links are provided to help Medicaid recipients stay informed about these changes.

COVID-19 Information for Recipients


Information for Providers


Alabama Medicaid released the following information for providers in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Agency complied the information below for your convenience:

  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Lab Testing Procedure Codes – 3/13/20
  • ALERT:   Alabama Medicaid Extends Temporary Telemedicine Coverage – 3/18/20 
  • ALERT:   Pharmacy Updates Related to COVID-19 – 3/18/20  
  • ALERT:   Alabama Medicaid Extends Temporary Telemedicine Coverage for Optometrists - 3/20/20
  • ALERT:   Alabama Medicaid Modifies Recipient Signature Requirement during COVID-19 Emergency - 3/20/20
  • ALERT:   Alabama Medicaid Will Temporarily Lift the EPSDT Referral Requirement - 3/25/20
  • ALERT:   Temporary Changes to ACHN Care Coordination, PCP/DHCP Referrals, and Medical Management Meetings - 3/26/20
  • ALERT:   Waiver for Pre-Admission Screening and Annual Resident Review (PASRR) Level I and Level  II Assessments for 30 Days - 3/26/20
  • ALERT:   Temporary Changes to Allow Reimbursement for Telephonic Postpartum Visits - 3/27/20
  • ALERT:   Temporarily Allowing Speech and Occupational Therapy Services Through Telemedicine During COVID-19 Emergency - 3/27/20
  • ALERT:   Waiver for Medicaid Copayments During COVID-19 Emergency - 3/27/20   
  • ALERT:   Alabama Medicaid Recipients to Remain Eligible During COVID-19 Emergency - 3/31/20
  • ALERT:   Waiver for Ambulance Providers During COVID-19 Emergency - 4/1/20
  • ALERT:   Governor Ivey - Small Business Assistance During COVID-19 Emergency - 4/1/20
  • ALERT:  AL Medicaid Temporarily Allowing Physical Therapy Services Through Telemedicine During COVID-19 Emergency - 4/3/20
  • ALERT:   Expiration Date Extension for COVID-19 Emergency - 4/7/20
  • ALERT:   Notice of Increased Per Diem Rate and One-time Cleaning Fee Reimbursement for Nursing Facilities Related to COVID-19 Health Emergency - 4/15/20
  • ALERT:   Alabama Medicaid Temporarily Extends Inpatient Stays for Recipients in Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic - 4/16/20
  • ALERT:   Hospice Claims Reprocessed Due to Increased Per Diem Rate for Nursing Facilities Related to COVID-19 Health Emergency - 4/24/20
  • ALERT:   Additional Extension for COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date - 4/24/20
  • ALERT:   Alabama Medicaid Authorizes Telemedicine for Prenatal Visits During COVID-19 Emergency - 4/30/20
  • ALERT:   Alabama Medicaid Extends Additional Procedure Code Coverage via Telemedicine - 5/1/20
  • ALERT:   Alabama Medicaid Updates Policies for Well Child Screenings and Other Services - 5/8/20
  • ALERT:   Additional Laboratory Testing and Specimen Collection Codes for Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 5/12/20
  • ALERT:   PDN Providers COVID-19 Guidance - 5/14/20
  • ALERT:   Adjusting Hospice Claims Reprocessed Due to Increase Per Diem Rate (COVID-19) - 5/15/20
  • ALERT:   Alabama Medicaid Extend Additional Behavioral Health Procedure Code Coverage via Telemedicine - 5/21/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to June 30 - 5/22/20
  • ALERT:   HRSA Provides Reimbursement for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for Uninsured Individuals - 5/29/20
  • ALERT:   Additional Laboratory Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 5/29/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Eligibility and Testing FAQs for Providers and Recipients - 6/3/20
  • ALERT:   HHS Announces Cares Act Provider Relief Fund Distribution - 6/11/20
  • ALERT:   Webinar for Provider Relief Fund Medicaid & CHIP Distribution - 6/19/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to July 31 - 6/19/20
  • ALERT:   Extension of PCMH Recognition Attestation Deadline due to COVID-19 - 6/22/20
  • ALERT:   Dental Changes Related to COVID-19 Emergency - 6/22/20
  • ALERT:   20% Increase in Per Diem Rates for COVID-19 Related Acute Care Hospital Inpatient Stays - 6/26/20
  • ALERT:   HRSA Webinar for Providers Applying for the Provider Relief Fund - 7/7/20
    (Click here for HRSA Tip Sheet)
  • ALERT:   Financial Accounting for COVID-19 on the Alabama Medicaid Cost Report - 7/10/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to August 31 - 7/17/20
  • ALERT:   Telemedicine Origination Site Facility Fee for Outpatient Clinic Services - 7/21/20
  • ALERT:   HHS Extends Deadline to Apply for Federal Provider Relief Funds - 7/22/20
  • ALERT:   HRSA Webinar for Providers Applying for the  Federal Provider Relief Fund - 7/24/20 
  • ALERT:   HHS Extends Deadline to Apply for Federal Provider Relief Funds to August 28 - 8/5/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to September 30 - 8/6/20
  • ALERT:   HHS Reopened the Portal to Apply for Federal Provider Relief Funds - 8/17/20
  • ALERT:   Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Program Updates Related to COVID - 8/19/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Rapid Test Procedure Code 87426 - 8/20/20
  • ALERT  HHS Extends Deadline to Apply for Federal Provider Relief Funds to September 13, 2020 - 9/1/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to October 31 - 9/10/20
  • ALERT  COVID-19 Relief Grants for Health Care and Emergency Response Providers - 9/28/20
  • ALERT:   HHS Announces $20 Billion in New Funding for Phase 3 of Provider Relief Funds - 10/2/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to November 30 - 10/7/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Testing for Uninsured Individuals - 11/3/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to December 31, 2020 - 11/4/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to January 31, 2021 - 12/4/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Vaccine Information -12/11/20
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Pharmacy Billing - 12/29/20
  • ALERT:   Information on Billing for Administration of COVID-19 Vaccines (for Non-Pharmacy Providers) - 1/11/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to February 28, 2021 - 1/14/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to March 31, 2021 - 2/12/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Testing Procedure Codes - 2/16/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusion - 2/16/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to April 30, 2021 - 3/11/21
  • ALERT:   Reimbursement Increase for COVID-19 Vaccine Administration - 3/18/21

  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Pharmacy Billing - 3/18/21
  • ALERT:   New Coverage for Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine (for Non-Pharmacy Providers) - 3/24/21
  • ALERT:   Pharmacy Updates Related to COVID-19 - 4/14/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to May 31, 2021 - 4/16/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Pharmacy Billing - 4/16/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to June 30, 2021 - 5/11/21
  • ALERT:   Changes to ACHN DHCP Selection Referral Process - 5/18/21
  • ALERT:   Information on Billing for Administration of COVID-19 Vaccines (for Non-Pharmacy Providers)  - 6/4/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to July 31, 2021 - 6/14/21
  • ALERT:   Changes to Body Mass Index Requirement during Public Health Emergency - 7/14/21
  • ALERT:   Provider Desk and Onsite Record Reviews - 7/16/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to August 31, 2021 - 7/16/21
  • ALERT:   EPSDT and PCP Referral Requirements - 7/27/21
  • ALERT:   Onsite Cost Report Audits - 7/28/21
  • ALERT:   Synagis® Criteria for Summer 2021 (as part of the 2020-2021 Season); and the Use of Synagis® in the 2021–2022 Season - 8/17/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to September 30, 2021 - 8/17/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Pharmacy Billing - 8/18/21
  • ALERT:   Alabama Medicaid Postpones Resumption of EPSDT Referral Requirement - 8/20/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to October 31, 2021 - 9/13/21
  • ALERT:   COVID-19 Emergency Expiration Date Extended to November 30, 2021 - 10/15/21
Additional Information for Providers 



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