Many state legislatures are passing the midpoint for 2018 sessions, and trends are emerging in their efforts to tackle health care affordability and coverage. States are also reacting to federal activity around Medicaid and private market coverage including the repeal of the individual mandate. Below are some of the noteworthy state health legislative measures already moving this year.
A new study about emergency room use in Oregon is fueling the debate about whether expanding Medicaid as made possible under the Affordable Care Act leads to high emergency room use. To understand what the study says—and does not say—about the impact of Medicaid expansion, it’s important to keep in mind its limitations and consider data from other recent studies.
After expanding Medicaid, eight states (Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia) are expected to achieve budgetary savings and revenue gains exceeding $1.8 billion by the end of 2015, according to a report published yesterday. And that’s even though these states are fairly early into their Medicaid expansion.
Last month, four state Medicaid directors joined Families USA in a conference call to share their successes enrolling residents in the health insurance marketplace and Medicaid.
Washington, Oregon, Kentucky, and West Virginia all have state-run health insurance marketplaces. Two of those states (Oregon and West Virginia), in an effort to boost the number of residents who have health coverage, are piloting an innovative “fast track” approach to Medicaid enrollment—one that accelerates enrollment by sparing states the administrative time and costs of handling separate applications for multiple programs (such as SNAP and Medicaid).
Last week, Harvard researchers released the latest installment of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment (OHIE) –a randomized control trial that examines the effects of Medicaid expansion on Oregonians who won a lottery for health insurance in 2008. After analyzing hospital records for 18 months, the researchers discovered that Medicaid recipients visited the ER 41 percent more than those without insurance.
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.
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.
New findings from the Oregon Health Study reaffirm that Medicaid is good health coverage: The study showed that Medicaid beneficiaries were more likely than the uninsured to receive needed health care services (including preventive care), they experienced improved mental health as a result of coverage, and they were more financially secure. These findings, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, are part of an ongoing study of Oregon’s state Medicaid program.
Shows the number of people in each state who have cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart disease and who rely on Medicaid, including breakdowns by racial and ethnic group.
Weeks before the early August deadline to negotiate a deficit reduction package in Washington, and in the midst of state struggles to balance their budgets, a landmark study was released today that unequivocally demonstrates the value of the Medicaid program.