As the country struggles to respond to and recover from the devastating fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the case for Medicaid expansion has never been stronger. The public health crisis has focused a spotlight on both the benefits of stable health coverage and the gaps in the nation’s system of coverage and care. This expert perspective reviews what Medicaid expansion would mean in the 12 states that have not yet expanded.
Updated: Medicaid State Plan Amendment Requirements of the Affordable Care Act
Center for Health Care Strategies
A number of provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), from changes to income eligibility (section 2002) to coverage for freestanding birth center services (section 2301), require states to alter Medicaid eligibility guidelines, service benefits, or payment criteria. To assist in determining which provisions require states to submit amendments to their Medicaid state plan, the Center for Health Care Strategies, with support from the State Network, has developed a resource which catalogs required and optional provisions that may require amendments, including links to the applicable ACA text, deadlines for approval, and available guidance. The hyperlinks within the document link directly to the specific sections of ACA referenced and to supporting documentation for those sections where available. States may use this document to plan sufficient time for development, stakeholder engagement, submission and approval of the applicable amendments to CMS.
This document has been updated as of July 2013 to reflect the latest guidance.