This year has presented many unique and unexpected challenges, but as open enrollment approaches states are making concerted efforts to connect residents with public and private health coverage options and are anticipating more churn between programs than ever before amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. Millions have filed for unemployment since the pandemic began, many losing their employer-sponsored health coverage or experiencing income loss in the process. As consumers navigate ongoing changes in their income or health coverage, it is more important than ever to clearly communicate with consumers what health coverage options are available for the remainder of 2020 and heading into 2021. This expert perspective lays out key takeaways on messaging to consumers to enroll in coverage this OEP and highlights examples from two states.
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s Hospital Presumptive Eligibility Option: Considerations for States
Center for Health Care Strategies – Shannon McMahon, Maia Crawford and Christian Heiss
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives qualified hospitals the opportunity to determine presumptive eligibility (PE) for all Medicaid-eligible populations which will enable hospitals to temporarily enroll individuals in Medicaid, ensuring compensation for hospital-based services, while providing patients access to medical care and a pathway to longer-term Medicaid coverage. This brief, prepared by the Center for Health Care Strategies, provides guidance to aid state Medicaid programs in developing the policies and procedures for hospital PE implementation. It provides valuable insight from the final CMS rule, related CMS guidance, expert sources, and interviews with states currently operating PE programs. The brief organizes information on hospital PE under four topics: (1) qualified provider requirements; (2) training and certification; (3) performance standards; and (4) plan enrollment and payment.