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Equity Impact Tool

A tool intended to guide state health agencies in evaluating their equity work at a high level, defining goals, and identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges related to meeting those goals.

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April 12, 2024

The Final 2025 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters: Implications for States

On April 2, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2025, the annual rule which governs core provisions of the Affordable Care Act. This expert perspective focuses on provisions of the final rule of interest to state officials, including requirements for State-Based Marketplaces to adhere to standards that align more with the Federally Facilitated Marketplace, improvements to the processes for states to determine and update essential health benefits, and initiatives designed to streamline the eligibility and enrollment process for consumers.

Apr 11, 2024 Webinars

On Thursday, April 11, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar on CMS’ recently released final rule, “Medicaid Program; Streamlining the Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Basic Health Program Application, Eligibility Determination, Enrollment and Renewal Processes.” Experts from Manatt Health reviewed key Medicaid and CHIP provisions in the final rule and discussed considerations for state policymakers as they prepare to build upon their current platforms and planning processes to comply with the federal requirements.

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Mar 11, 2024 Issue Briefs

Medicaid is an important source of coverage for LGBTQI+ populations, but few states collect data that can be used to understand and improve health for these individuals. This brief summarizes recent federal guidance on adding sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) questions to state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program applications, documents how this information is currently collected in Medicaid, and spotlights Oregon’s ongoing efforts to improve the collection of SOGI data.