On January 26, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved California’s request to amend the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal Section 1115 demonstration. This expert perspective describes the amendment, a centerpiece of which is approval for California Medicaid to provide a targeted set of Medicaid services to youth and adults in state prisons, county jails, and youth correctional facilities for up to 90 days prior to release. By providing re-entry services to Medicaid-enrolled individuals who are incarcerated, California aims to build a bridge to community-based care for justice-involved enrollees, offering them services to stabilize their physical and behavioral health conditions and establishing, prior to release, a re-entry plan for their community-based care.
State Network Presentation at NAIC Western Zone Meeting
State Health Reform Assistance Network – Chad Shearer
Chad Shearer, Deputy Director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network, presented at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Western Zone Meeting held September 22, 2012 in San Antonio, TX. The presentation gave an overview of the State Network and tools developed by the program specifically for insurance regulators. The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute produced a comprehensive health reform toolkit, highlighted in the presentation, containing several self-audits, templates, and checklists to help departments of insurance work in concert with other state agencies. These resources are available as part of the ACA Implementation Toolkit for Departments of Insurance. The presentation continues with an update on state approaches to the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) analyses. These resources include plan comparison charts, stakeholder comments, and state benchmark recommendations to inform insurance regulators of the tools available for EHB analysis and decision making and foster cross-agency collaboration in this process. Each page hyperlinks to the online resource