Updates

Jun 14, 2024 

State-Funded Affordable Health Coverage for Non-Citizen Populations

Non-citizens, including individuals who are lawfully present and those who are undocumented, make up a significant portion of the nation’s uninsured, limiting their access to care and worsening health disparities. State Health and Value Strategies has been tracking state actions to provide affordable health coverage for non-citizen populations. This expert perspective features an interactive map of state-funded coverage programs for low-income, non-citizen children and adults. The map highlights both existing programs and programs that are under development.

Jun 7, 2024 

Changes to the Child and Adult Core Measure Sets to Advance Equity

The Child and Adult Core Sets were established to measure the quality of care for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees, nationally and at the state level, based on a uniform set of measures. Beginning in 2025, states will be required to report a subset of Child and Adult Core Set measures by race and ethnicity, sex, and geography. This expert perspective highlights the Core Set measures subject to stratification and describes how the Core Sets serve as a critical tool to monitor health disparities. By requiring data disaggregation for key populations of interest, policymakers, advocates and researchers will have a new tool to measure, monitor and inform policies and practices that focus on health equity.

May 16, 2024 

Mapping State Efforts to Address Medical Debt

The healthcare affordability crisis has resulted in an estimated 100 million Americans, or 41% of adults, holding some form of medical debt. The consequences of medical debt are profound, from financial strain to worsened health outcomes, and there are significant health equity implications. States are moving to eradicate medical debt for low income residents and protect residents from the financial consequences. This expert perspective highlights state action to cancel medical debt and/or prohibit medical debt reporting.

May 10, 2024 

New Rule Opens the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces to DACA Recipients

On May 3, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a final regulation that allows people who receive Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to sign up for subsidized Marketplace or Basic Health Program coverage. The new policy goes into effect on November 1, 2024 and is expected to enable 100,000 DACA recipients to enroll in health insurance coverage. This expert perspective summarizes the provisions of the new regulation and discusses their implications for states.