On November 15, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its proposed 2025 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters, the annual regulation which governs core provisions of the Affordable Care Act. This expert perspective focuses on aspects of the proposed rule likely to be of interest to state officials, including requirements for State-Based Marketplaces to align with the standards of the Federally Facilitated Marketplace, proposals for states to update essential health benefits, and initiatives to ease the eligibility and enrollment process for consumers.
Centering Health Equity in Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstrations
On Tuesday, February 15, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar, Centering Health Equity in Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstrations.
Many states are looking to Medicaid as a critical lever for advancing health equity, and states have multiple tools and authorities in Medicaid to advance health equity through coverage and benefit policy, delivery system and payment reform, and innovations that impact social drivers of health. States seeking to test new or innovative ideas related to health equity in their Medicaid programs are tapping Section 1115 demonstrations as one key strategy.
During the webinar experts from Manatt Health provided an overview of Medicaid’s role in promoting health equity and ways states can advance health equity and address structural racism throughout the Section 1115 demonstration lifecycle, from planning to implementation to monitoring, and evaluation. Presenters highlighted specific strategies from two new publications, Centering Health Equity in Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstrations: A Roadmap for States and Centering Health Equity in Medicaid: Section 1115 Demonstration Strategies.