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Issue Briefs

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Medicaid “continuous coverage” requirement has allowed people to retain Medicaid coverage and get needed care during the COVID-19 pandemic. When continuous enrollment is discontinued, states will restart eligibility redeterminations, and millions of Medicaid enrollees will be at risk of losing their coverage. The current lack of publicly available and timely Medicaid enrollment, renewal, and disenrollment data will make it difficult to understand exactly who is losing coverage and for what reasons. One effective way to monitor this type of information is through the use of Medicaid enrollment and retention dashboards. This issue brief examines the current status of data collection to assess Medicaid enrollment and retention, summarizes potential forthcoming reporting requirements, and describes some of the best practices states should consider when developing a data dashboard to display this type of information.

 

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Date Created: Jan 21, 2022


Regulatory Analysis

To help states respond to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have invoked their emergency powers to authorize temporary flexibilities in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Congress’s legislative relief packages have provided additional federal support for state Medicaid programs, subject to certain conditions. The timeframes for these emergency measures are summarized in the chart, including the effective dates and expiration timelines dictated by law or agency guidance. The chart also includes current end dates, which are subject to change as federal and state officials take actions to renew or terminate particular authorities.

 

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Date Created: Jan 14, 2022


Templates & Toolkits

This toolkit highlights opportunities for states to leverage managed care plans to support unwinding the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement. Close collaboration between states and managed care plans will be essential to ensuring eligible individuals retain coverage in Medicaid/CHIP and easing transitions to the Marketplace. The toolkit features guidance released by CMS for states on working with managed care plans.

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Date Created: Jan 10, 2022


Issue Briefs

Under federal regulations, states may provide pregnancy-related care through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) state plan to targeted low-income children from conception to birth (the so called “unborn child” option). This option–referred to in this brief as the CHIP coverage option for pregnant immigrants and their children–enables states to provide prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum services to pregnant individuals, regardless of immigration status. This issue brief–the second in a series, “Supporting Health Equity and Affordable Health Coverage for Immigrant Populations”–offers considerations for policymakers around the CHIP coverage option for pregnant immigrants and their children, regardless of immigration status.

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Date Created: Jan 6, 2022


Templates & Toolkits

This toolkit provides a communications planning guide and template communications resources designed to support state Medicaid agencies as they prepare for the upcoming end of the continuous coverage requirement. The end of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement presents states with tremendous opportunities to keep individuals enrolled in health coverage. Developing a communications plan that reflects this goal will be essential to sharing clear, concise, and compelling information with Medicaid/CHIP enrollees and other consumers so that they know the steps they need to take, when to act, and what to do to maintain coverage.

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Date Created: Dec 21, 2021


Issue Briefs

Growing recognition that socioeconomic adversity impacts health outcomes has led the healthcare sector to support initiatives that address social determinants of health (SDOH). There is an opportunity to leverage performance measures to further incentivize these interventions and track adoption. This issue brief explores opportunities for state Medicaid agencies to implement performance measures with contracted entities that could strengthen their growing interest in social care and highlights several barriers to those applications.

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Date Created: Nov 24, 2021


Issue Briefs

An extensive body of research reports on poor birth-related outcomes and disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States, particularly for individuals enrolled in Medicaid. Importantly, Medicaid provides healthcare coverage to individuals who may otherwise not be eligible for coverage until pregnancy, until which time they may have been uninsured or under-insured and have untreated health conditions or lack access to routine care. As states start to tackle institutionalized racism in the healthcare system, they are considering approaches to center health equity by addressing disparities in birth outcomes. This issue brief describes the drivers of birth-related health disparities and identifies purchasing and payment strategies to support state efforts to reduce disparities in birth outcomes. The brief focuses specifically on actions Medicaid agencies can pursue through their managed care programs or directly with provider organizations to promote health equity and improve birth outcomes.

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Date Created: Nov 12, 2021


Webinars

On Wednesday, November 10 State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar that provided an overview of strategies for states seeking to ensure that eligible enrollees are able to keep or transition to new affordable health coverage when the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement ends. States will be resuming eligibility and enrollment activities for all enrollees in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and as part of their planning, states have an opportunity to retain coverage gains experienced over the pandemic period by taking steps to ensure that eligible enrollees are able to keep Medicaid/CHIP coverage, and those who are eligible for subsidized Marketplace coverage are transitioned and enrolled. Experts from Manatt Health and McKinsey & Company discussed how states can prepare now by deploying strategies to update enrollee contact information, and make other eligibility and enrollment technology changes to better serve their residents.

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Date Created: Nov 10, 2021


State Materials

State Health and Value Strategies has created a flyer for states to customize to share information regarding health coverage with Afghan evacuees recently re-settled or in the process of being re-settled in their state. The flyer has been translated into commonly used Afghan languages of Dari and Pashto.

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Date Created: Nov 5, 2021


Webinars

To explore enforcement considerations across potentially multiple state agencies, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar on Thursday, November 4 at 1:00pm ET, during which experts from the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms and GMMB provided an overview of federal regulators’ proposed approach to enforcement of the NSA as well as shared strategies to consider in planning provider and consumer education efforts. The webinar also included presentations from three states on their enforcement approaches to the NSA: Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas, followed by a question and answer session.

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Date Created: Nov 4, 2021