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Issue Brief
January 2013

State Advocate To-Do List for 2013

With the health insurance marketplaces opening in October, we know 2013 is going to be a busy year for advocates as they prepare, to educate, and enroll consumers.

Health policy experts and state advocates should turn to this resource to see what they can do to make sure every American has access to high-quality, affordable health coverage.

Whether it's pushing to expand Medicaid to more residents or working to adopt continuous eligibility so children never have to go without coverage, there's a lot you can do. This resource offers tips, guidelines, and policy solutions you don't want to miss.

This brief includes lists of actions that advocates in any state may want to take this year. Topics include:

  • Medicaid expansion
  • marketplaces (also known as "exchanges")
  • creating consumer-friendly, seamless eligibility and enrollment systems for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and exchange coverage
  • dual eligibles (people with both Medicare and Medicaid)
  • helping people who are still uninsured or underinsured