The unwinding related section 1902(e)(14) strategies newly available to Medicaid and CHIP agencies can provide significant relief to states facing pending eligibility and enrollment actions and processing delays, workforce and systems limitations, and other operational challenges. Ensuring eligible individuals do not lose coverage for procedural or administrative reasons and supporting those who are ineligible for Medicaid/CHIP transition to Marketplace coverage will be paramount for all states as they begin to resume normal operations when the federal public health emergency (PHE) ends. This expert perspective outlines the time-limited targeted enrollment flexibilities that CMS has availed to states through section 1902(e)(14) waiver authority and discusses considerations beyond the strategies described in federal guidance and supplemental resources.
Medicaid Managed Care: How States’ Experience Can Inform Exchange Qualified Health Plan Standards
Manatt Health Solutions – Deborah Bachrach, Patricia Boozang and Allison Garcimonde
State Affordable Insurance Exchanges (exchanges) are at the core of the coverage reform in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The exchanges establish a marketplace in which individuals and small employers can compare and select among affordable, quality health insurance options. In this policy brief, supported by the State Network and published by the Center for Health Care Strategies, authors from Manatt Health Solutions examine lessons from Medicaid managed care contracts in six states. The brief notes opportunities for exchanges to “borrow” from and align qualified health plan standards with Medicaid managed care requirements, as well as areas where managed care requirements may need to be modified for adoption in exchanges.