This issue brief draws from the experiences of six states, Alabama, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Vermont, to identify common policy considerations and action steps for coordinating care in rural environments.
Early evidence from across the nation suggests that consumer assisters are playing a vital role in helping people enroll in the new coverage options made possible by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The State Health Reform Assistance Network has engaged with a number of states to develop easy to understand materials to educate consumer assisters about various issues that may confuse consumers and the assisters trying to help them during the eligibility determination and enrollment process.
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.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows hospitals to use preliminary information to enroll people who appear eligible for Medicaid into coverage on a temporary basis. The goal of this “presumptive eligibility” (PE) option for hospitals is to quickly and efficiently enroll eligible people into Medicaid while insuring immediate health care costs are covered.
Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health: Strategies for Overcoming Legal Barriers to Health Information Exchange
This brief explores the strategies states use to address barriers that impede data-sharing efforts among providers to integrate physical and behavioral health care. The webinar presentation on this issue brief is also available for download.
This issue brief focuses specifically on the key purchasing strategies that state Medicaid agencies and state employee health benefit purchasers can implement in order to reduce the overuse and misuse of health care services, and improve the quality and reduce the cost of care. A webinar presentation on the subject is also available for download.
This paper examines the critical components of states’ APCD reporting efforts to date and suggests essential steps to creating credible and robust analytics. Drawn from interviews with APCD leaders, state-specific documents, and the experience of the authors, this paper is intended to help states with functioning and developing APCDs identify the building blocks necessary to create and evolve a comprehensive analytic program. This information may also be useful to those charged with designing APCD outputs, such as datasets and reports.
The purpose of this paper is to assist states embarking on APCD initiatives by highlighting key considerations for building statewide APCDs and potential solutions based on experiences in early-adopting APCD states.
Implementation of the health insurance marketplaces has been an ongoing challenge across the country in the initial months of open enrollment. While state marketplaces are still evolving, and some are experiencing their own implementation challenges, they are largely working. This brief, prepared by the team at Manatt Health Solutions, looks at five state marketplaces to assess early lessons that might help to explain early enrollment trends.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will make health insurance more accessible to millions of Americans. To effectuate coverage, flexible payment methods will help ensure insurance accessibility is not hampered by the absence of a traditional bank account, an all too common scenario for many uninsured households.