In light of recent postal delays and housing displacements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic crisis, and a wave of natural disasters across the country, state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies face new challenges communicating with their enrollees about their health coverage. Acting now to mitigate these challenges is essential as states are preparing for the end of the public health emergency (PHE) and “catching up” on coverage renewals for a large portion of their enrollees. This expert perspective reviews strategies that state Medicaid and CHIP agencies may consider to help mitigate coverage losses.
Implications of Health Reform for American Indian and Alaska Native Populations
Center for Health Care Strategies – Carolyn Ingram, Shannon M. McMahon and Veronica Guerra; National Academy for State Health Policy – Alice Weiss
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has important implications for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), including the expansion of Medicaid coverage to nearly 400,000 currently uninsured AI/AN individuals. This brief prepared by CHCS and NASHP outlines ACA provisions that uniquely affect AI/AN populations and provides strategies to help states and other key stakeholders fully realize the potential of the ACA to improve the health and health care of AI/ANs. Areas addressed include; Coverage expansion; State outreach to and engagement with federally recognized tribal groups; and Opportunities to fill gaps in the organization and financing of care.
Slides from a related webinar on this topic are also available.