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.
Social Risk Factor Screening in Medicaid Managed Care
Rachel Isaacson and Michael Bailit, Bailit Health
The past two years have seen a sharp increase in state Medicaid program interest in how social determinants of health (SDOH) influence Medicaid enrollee health status and spending. This brief provides an introduction to the first step most states are taking in response through their Medicaid managed care programs—screening members for social risk factors (SRFs). It explains why Medicaid managed care members should be screened for SRFs, identifies screening design decisions, identifies common SRFs, and reviews options for screening tool selection.
As a companion to this issue brief, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar series that profiled the findings from this issue brief, and a second issue brief Developing a Social Risk Factor Screening Measure.