On August 7, the U.S. Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a $740 billion reconciliation package. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill by August 12. This expert perspective describes the healthcare provisions included in the IRA, such as provisions to improve the affordability of healthcare for Medicare and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace enrollees. The expert perspective also describes several significant healthcare policies included in the House-passed Build Back Better Act that were left out of the Senate package.
Screening for Social Risk Factors Webinar Series
State Health and Value Strategies hosted a two-part webinar series on screening Medicaid members for social risk factors. State Medicaid agencies are increasingly recognizing the impact that non-medical factors, such as social risk factors, have on health. Social risk factors are adverse social conditions which create barriers to health for individuals, such as food insecurity and homelessness.
Screening for Social Risk Factors Part I: Working with Medicaid Managed Care to Design Screening Requirements
The first webinar drew from the recently published issue brief, Social Risk Factor Screening in Medicaid Managed Care and reviewed key terms, screening tools, and design decisions for states interested in screening Medicaid managed care members for social risk factors.
Screening for Social Risk Factors Part II: Developing a Screening Measure
The second webinar explored adopting a measure to assess social risk factor screening rates, which is the subject of the recently published issue brief, Developing a Social Risk Factor Screening Measure.