Tag: medicaid

What States Are Doing to Keep People Covered as Medicaid Continuous Coverage Enrollment Unwinds

Several state-based Marketplaces have deployed innovative programs to keep people covered during the Medicaid unwinding. In their latest post for the Commonwealth Fund, CHIR’s Rachel Swindle and Sabrina Corlette assess the status of these programs and discuss the urgent need for more timely and accurate data on people transitioning from Medicaid to other forms of coverage.

May Research Roundup: What We’re Reading

April showers bring May flowers, and May was abloom with health policy research. Last month, we read about the impact of ending pandemic-related coverage policies, consumer awareness of the resumption of Medicaid renewals, and approaches to tackling rising health care costs in commercial health insurance markets.

Updates to the Navigator Resource Guide Provide Information for People Transitioning from Medicaid to Private Health Insurance

After a three-year pause on Medicaid redeterminations, states can begin the process of removing residents from their rolls beginning on April 1. Many people who are terminated from Medicaid will be eligible for free or low-cost plans through the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplaces. To help consumers and enrollment assisters during this nationwide coverage event, we’ve updated our Navigator Resource Guide with new content about transitioning between Medicaid and private health insurance.

Navigator Guide FAQs of the Week: Coverage of Reproductive Health Care

In most states, it’s the last week to sign up for marketplace plan that begins January 1. The Affordable Care Act expanded access to reproductive health services. As part of CHIR’s weekly installment of FAQs from our updated Navigator Resource Guide, we highlight questions about the marketplace and reproductive health care.

May Research Roundup: What We’re Reading

This month, the CHIR team celebrated the end of the school year with new health policy research. For the latest installment of our monthly research roundup, we reviewed studies on access to providers in Medicaid managed care networks, how the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) affects state cost containment reforms, and the health coverage implications of the Biden administration’s recent changes to the public charge rule for immigrant communities.

A Long-term Financing Solution for Mobile Crisis Services

Policymakers increasingly recognize the need for alternatives to law enforcement-driven responses to behavioral health crises. In a new issue brief for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health & Value Strategies program, CHIR teamed up with experts from Manatt Health to provide recommendations for a hybrid coverage and funding approach for mobile crisis services.

February Research Roundup: What We’re Reading

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, this February CHIR’s Nia Gooding reviewed some lovely studies on trends in the uninsured population, the impact of Medicaid expansion on coverage rates and healthcare access among young adults, and the effect that cost-sharing has on patient behavior and health outcomes. 

One Victim of the COVID-19 Pandemic? State Health Policy

State legislative sessions are typically a flurry of health policy activity. In recent years, state lawmakers have taken action to stabilize their insurance markets and increase access to coverage. But like so many other constants we have come to rely on, state legislative sessions took a hit this year from the novel coronavirus pandemic, putting current and future state policy initiatives in jeopardy.

Effects of Medicaid Health Plan Dominance on the Health Insurance Marketplaces

Medicaid insurers dominate many of the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplaces. Some health system stakeholders have raised concerns about the potential negative consequences of Medicaid insurer participation in the market, largely due to their limited networks. In a new report supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CHIR and Urban Institute experts assess how Medicaid insurers function in the marketplace.

There Are New Federal “Public Charge” Rules Going Into Effect Next Week: Here’s What You Need to Know

Beginning February 24, 2020, new rules that expand the criteria for determining whether certain immigrants would be considered a “public charge” are going into effect. While appeals of these new expanded rules make their way through the courts, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the policy may take effect in all states except Illinois, where a separate injunction remains statewide. As the changing rules can be confusing for consumers and assisters, we’ve updated our Navigator Resource Guide to help break it down.

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