On January 27, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a State Health Official (SHO) letter, “Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Condition Changes, Conditions for Receiving the FFCRA Temporary FMAP Increase, Reporting Requirements, and Enforcement Provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023.” The SHO letter is the second in a series of guidance related to section 5131 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (CAA), which established a fixed end date for the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement, a gradual phase-down for the enhanced federal match, and new guardrails for mitigating coverage loss for individuals who continue to be eligible. This expert perspective reviews the additional detail and operational expectations of states during the unwinding of Medicaid continuous coverage as laid out in the SHO letter.
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.