Expert Perspectives

Oct 4, 2023 

How Medicaid Agencies Can Leverage Multi-Payer Aligned Measure Sets

This expert perspective reviews how Medicaid programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have engaged with commercial payers, providers, patients, advocates and other parties to create and adhere to multi-payer aligned measure sets. It describes the benefits to Medicaid agencies of participating in aligned measure set efforts, as well as tips and resources for Medicaid agencies intersted in measure alignment.

Sep 26, 2023 

CMS Finalizes Medicaid Rule to Streamline Enrollment into Medicare Savings Programs

This expert perspective provides a high-level overview of key provisions included in the “Streamlining Medicaid; Medicare Savings Program Eligibility Determination and Enrollment” final rule that will facilitate enrollment and retention of Medicare Savings Program (MSP) coverage. MSPs are state-run programs that help low-income Medicare enrollees pay their Medicare premiums and/or cost-sharing. While the final rule’s effective date is November 17, 2023, CMS delayed compliance dates for most provisions until April 1, 2026, to reflect states’ competing priorities in light of the “unwinding” of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement.

Sep 26, 2023 

Government Shutdown Implications for Health Programs and Personnel

As congressional negotiations continue to stall on fiscal year 2024 appropriations, federal agencies are deep into contingency planning for a potential government shutdown beginning October 1. Decisions are still being made about which federal activities and personnel are considered essential. This expert perspective describes the plans currently available from the Department of Health and Human Services and the implications for health programs and personnel.

Sep 22, 2023 

States of Unwinding: How State Officials Are Innovating to Support Coverage

As states are working diligently to operationalize the unwinding of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement, State Health and Value Strategies has been tracking the creative strategies states are implementing to minimize coverage losses. This expert perspective highlights all the hard work states are engaged in and spotlights innovative strategies other states may want to consider adopting. SHVS will continue to track and share state efforts to support coverage through the unwinding period. If your state is implementing a new effort to reach enrollees, or if you have questions about how you can implement an example included in this EP, please be in touch.

Sep 22, 2023 

State Reporting to Monitor the Unwinding of the Medicaid Continuous Coverage Requirement

The unwinding of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement represents the largest nationwide coverage transition since the Affordable Care Act, with significant health equity implications. Given the intense focus on coverage transitions during the unwinding, some states are publishing their data to monitor progress. To date, 44 states (including the District of Columbia) have released unwinding data in either an interactive dashboard or static pdf format, or are making public their required CMS Monthly Unwinding Data reports. This expert perspective includes an interactive map with links to state dashboards and reports to CMS. SHVS will continue to update this EP as more states publish their unwinding data.

Sep 15, 2023 

2023 State Legislative Sessions’ Health Highlights

States are traditionally laboratories for policy innovation and the 2023 legislative session was no exception. The expansion of health coverage was a major priority for states, particularly for low-income populations, children, postpartum individuals and individuals of undocumented status. As the high cost of care continued to be a major barrier for consumers, states bolstered their efforts to enhance healthcare affordability. States also used the 2023 legislative session as an opportunity to study system innovations to expand health coverage and affordability. This expert perspective explores these trends in state healthcare policy reflected in innovative legislation enacted this year.