Want to know the three most effective ways to get eligible state residents enrolled in Medicaid faster? Learn about the enrollment options states can adopt to bolster and retain the number of residents in their Medicaid programs.
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.
On May 17, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a list of five great options states can use to ensure that low-income people get and keep Medicaid coverage when the new simplified, streamlined enrollment system opens in October 2013. (It’s important to note that those determined eligible for Medicaid before the end of the year won’t receive benefits until January 2014, unless they are currently eligible for Medicaid.) As states attempt to enroll millions of new applicants in coverage, the following options will make it easier for them to ensure people get covered:
Find out which key issues you'll want to tackle in your state this year and get tips on how to stay involved.
Explains the new method of determining eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP, which now matches the method used for other health care programs and for calculating financial assistance with health insurance.