When the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Medicaid “continuous coverage” requirement is discontinued states will restart eligibility redeterminations, and millions of Medicaid enrollees will be at risk of losing their coverage. A lack of publicly available data on Medicaid enrollment, renewal, and disenrollment makes it difficult to understand exactly who is losing Medicaid coverage and for what reasons. Publishing timely data in an easy-to-digest, visually appealing way would help improve the transparency, accountability, and equity of the Medicaid program. This expert perspective lays out a set of priority measures that states can incorporate over time into a data dashboard to track Medicaid enrollment following the end of the continuous coverage requirement. For a detailed discussion of the current status of Medicaid enrollment and retention data collection and best practices when developing a data dashboard to display this type of information, SHVS has published a companion issue brief.
Howard Testifies Before Congress
Heather Howard, director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network, testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health on September 12, 2012, as part of the Congressional subcommittee’s hearing on Implementation of Health Insurance Exhcanges and Related Provisions. Her testimony focused on state progress in exchange implementation and collaboration between the states and federal officials.