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.
Modeling the Impacts of the ACA on Health Insurance Coverage: A New Tool for States
State Health Access Data Assistance Center – Julie Sonier and Peter Graven
This slide deck prepared by State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) for the Minnesota Health Services Research Conference, provides an overview of the SHADAC Projection Model and highlights its goals and basic structure. States have a number of tools available to help them understand the likely effects of federal health care reform provisions on insurance coverage and cost, but many of those tools are proprietary microsimulation models that may be out of reach for states (see SHADAC’s microsimulation model issue brief). The SHADAC Projection Model differs from those microsimulations because it allows users to input/change assumptions and to easily update the model to adjust for new assumptions. The model’s assumptions are clearly defined, giving states the benefit of projection transparency, therefore making it extremely useful for state officials as circumstances change and projections must be justified to stakeholders.
The SHADAC Projection Model is currently being pilot tested with two states in the State Network. Additional information about the model and how other states can utilize it will be published on this website in the summer of 2012.