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.
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