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.
Medicaid Expansion: A Webinar on Early Analysis of Budget Savings and Revenue Gains
Manatt Health Solutions
A recent report from Manatt Health Solutions reveals that early data from states that expanded Medicaid demonstrate consistent economic benefits, including budget savings and revenue gains. Data from eight states—Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia—show $1.8 billion in budget savings by the end of 2015 as a result of Medicaid expansion. The State Network hosted a webinar to review these findings and to hear from the authors of the report on what this likely means for states that are looking to expand their Medicaid programs.
The webinar slides can be found at the “download” button and a webinar recording can be found here.