On August 7, the U.S. Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a $740 billion reconciliation package. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill by August 12. This expert perspective describes the healthcare provisions included in the IRA, such as provisions to improve the affordability of healthcare for Medicare and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace enrollees. The expert perspective also describes several significant healthcare policies included in the House-passed Build Back Better Act that were left out of the Senate package.
Defining the “Glide Path”: State Medicaid Agencies’ Efforts to Promote Action on Social Determinants
Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN) at the University of California, San Francisco
State Medicaid agencies are increasingly exploring opportunities to incorporate “social care” into strategies for improving health, decreasing healthcare costs, and achieving equity. While some target healthcare delivery organizations, most revolve around managed care organizations (MCOs). This slide deck highlights findings from a series of interviews with 13 states that explored the choices Medicaid leaders face around selecting which monitoring mechanisms to use to ensure that social programs are implemented as they envisioned. The findings are derived from a two-part research project that explored ways to scale and sustain social care across the healthcare sector. The first component, Conceptualizing Performance Measurement for Social Care Interventions: An Issue Brief for State Medicaid Agencies, examines social care performance measurement.