A RAND Corporation Study released this week concludes that states would be smart to expand Medicaid. This is yet another study demonstrating what we have known for a while: The Medicaid expansion is a good deal for states.
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act claim that the law will lead employers to drop employee health coverage, forcing workers to obtain coverage on their own. A recent fact sheet by Families USA refutes this myth and explains the following:
Since Medicare Part D went into effect in 2006, prescription drugs have been an integral part of the Medicare benefit package. So, the question of how seniors can save additional money on medications often comes up, but so does the question of how the entire Medicare Part D program can be more cost-effective and save taxpayers money without jeopardizing enrollee benefits.
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:
New Results from National Health Insurance Survey Show How Many Americans Will Benefit from the Affordable Care Act
The Commonwealth Fund recently released the results of their 2012 national health insurance survey. The survey shows how many people stand to benefit from provisions in the Affordable Care Act starting January 2014 and highlights the progress that has already been made in expanding coverage.
Last week, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured released a study suggesting that people with Medicaid enjoy similar access to health care at lower cost than they would experience if they had job-based coverage.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of the study’s findings:
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.
Elaine Saly is a health policy analyst at Families USA and developer of the Navigators and In-Person Assisters Resource Center. She recently composed a toolkit and presentation on the navigator program, a new grant opportunity for existing organizations to expand their services by conducting outreach and assisting individuals with enrolling in health care coverage through the insurance exchanges. She discussed the program and this exciting opportunity with us.
Comprehensive care coordination promises to be a key strategy in new care delivery models that aim to improve patient health and reduce waste in the health care system. The Affordable Care Act has made it easier for states to address our country’s rising health care costs by investing in care coordination. States can now design and test new models of care delivery and payment that improve health outcomes and patient experience while also reducing health care spending.
On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services released three new application forms that consumers will be able to use to sign up for coverage beginning on October 1. These consumer-friendly applications ask for all the information needed to see if an individual or family will qualify for free coverage from Medicaid or CHIP, or if they qualify to buy a plan in the new health insurance marketplace, and if so, whether they will get premium tax credits to help pay for this coverage. These three forms are tailored to meet the needs of different types of applicants: