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.
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.