CMS Data Reveal Decline in Preventive Care Utilization

On September 23, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released preliminary data showing that during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a steady decline in rates of primary and preventive services as well as vaccinations among children on Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). For instance, between March and May, there was a 22% decline in vaccinations of Medical and CHIP beneficiaries under 2 and a 44% decline in child screenings that assess physical and cognitive development.

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