As states are working diligently to operationalize the unwinding of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement, State Health and Value Strategies has been tracking the creative strategies states are implementing to minimize coverage losses. This expert perspective highlights all the hard work states are engaged in and spotlights innovative strategies other states may want to consider adopting. SHVS will continue to track and share state efforts to support coverage through the unwinding period. If your state is implementing a new effort to reach enrollees, or if you have questions about how you can implement an example included in this EP, please be in touch.
Repeal and Replace: Overview of Graham-Cassidy’s Market-based Health Care Allotment
Deborah Bachrach, April Grady, Jocelyn Guyer and Cindy Mann, Manatt Health
This brief, prepared by Manatt Health, provides an overview of the proposal developed by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and filed on July 27th as a substitute for the American Health Care Act passed by the House to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposal retains many features of the July 20th version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) released by Senate leadership (and rejected by the Senate on July 25th), including per capita caps on Medicaid spending and elimination of the individual and employer mandates.
At a high level, the Graham-Cassidy proposal would replace federal funding for Marketplace coverage and some aspects of Medicaid with a capped allotment that would be distributed to states in the form of block grants. States would have significant flexibility to use their block grant funds for coverage, payments to providers or other health care-related purposes.