Explains three reasons why states should use data from SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) data to enroll adults in Medicaid without requiring a full application.
Explores why low-income people with Medicare struggle to pay for their health care and offers three ways to enable more Medicare beneficiaries to afford the care they need.
Medicaid Alternative Benefit Plans: What States Should Consider When Designing Coverage for the Expansion Population and the Role for Advocates
Examines issues states should consider when designing benefit plans for people who are newly eligible for Medicaid; outlines opportunities where advocates can engage in the process.
Shows how many people will be able to get affordable, comprehensive insurance through the new health insurance marketplaces and how many people the Affordable Care Act has helped so far.
Starting on October 1, millions of Americans will be able to sign up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces. In addition to private insurance, consumers can use the marketplaces to apply for Medicaid, which is a public insurance program that offers health care at little or no cost to people with low incomes. Here, we address three common questions about Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act
Lays out options for states determining benefit packages (called Alternative Benefit Plans) for those who are newly eligible for Medicaid, including key factors states should consider when designing these benefits.
States Should Implement or Expand Continuous Eligibility to Prevent Disruptions in Health Coverage for Kids
As states gear up for full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, more children than ever will be able to get health coverage through Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or their states’ health insurance marketplaces. But many of these children are predicted to experience mid-year changes in eligibility (caused by shifts in household income), which could mean that they have to switch health insurance programs. When children move between health coverage programs or in and out of coverage multiple times a year—a process called “churning”—their health can suffer.
Examines the negative effects on children's health when they lose health coverage during the year due to fluctuating family income and discusses how coverage disruptions place a costly burden on states.
A New Report Shows that Michigan Medicaid Beneficiaries Are Very Satisfied with Their Health Coverage
A new report by the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation in Michigan found that Medicaid beneficiaries in the state are very satisfied with their health coverage. As lawmakers in the state and across the country decide if they will take the opportunity under the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid coverage to more of their state residents, they should take into consideration this and other reports that show that Medicaid is good coverage.
A few weeks ago, the Washington Post ran an article about Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and some tough decisions it is confronting related to financial strains it anticipates and services it may have to cut because Georgia’s governor has rejected the Medicaid expansion.