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:
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.
Explains how accountable care organizations give financial incentives to health care providers to work as a team to deliver high-quality care;discusses challenges states face when implementing ACOs in Medicaid.
Recently, despite initial opposition, significant pressure from political interest groups, and the daunting task of getting support from the required 75 percent of legislators, the Arkansas legislature voted “yes” on the Medicaid expansion. This victory was made possible by an effective advocacy campaign that mobilized the people of Arkansas to call upon their elected leaders to do the right thing—an ideal strategy in a state where the motto is, “The People Rule.”
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 Tuesday, Congress passed a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff.” It passed both the Senate and the House with large majorities. The deal did not cut Medicaid or Medicare benefits.
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.
Learn how the Affordable Care Act allows states to expand Medicaid by purchasing coverage for enrollees through the health insurance marketplaces using federal funds
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