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MACPAC Releases June 2024 Report to Congress

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) released its June 2024 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP on June 11, 2024, with recommendations to Congress for increased transparency in Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) financing, tools that states can use to optimize state Medicaid agency contracts (SMACs), enrollment trends in Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), and improvements to demographic data collection in Medicaid.

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Temporary Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Consumers Losing Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Coverage Due to Unwinding of the Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Condition Operations for Plan Year 2024

Starting on Thursday, March 28, CMS is extending a temporary special enrollment period (SEP) to help people who are no longer eligible for Medicaid or CHIP transition to Marketplace coverage in states using HealthCare.gov. The end date of this “Unwinding SEP” will be extended from Wednesday, July 31, 2024, to Saturday, November 30, 2024. This will help more people leaving Medicaid or CHIP secure affordable, comprehensive coverage through the start of the next open enrollment period. This extension will be crucial to ensuring people remain covered, including in states that have given people additional time to renew their coverage, as CMS has recommended, to help eligible people stay enrolled.

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Medicaid Enrollment and Unwinding Tracker

KFF released an updated version of their "Medicaid Enrollment and Unwinding Tracker" on May 10. This tracker provides state-level data on Medicaid/CHIP enrollment, unwinding, renewals, and other measures. Please note that while the tool includes national data reported by CMS, it has a lag of several months and may not reflect the most current Medicaid enrollment status.

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A Quick Guide to Choosing Federal Medicaid Authorities to Address Health-Related Social Needs

On January 11, Mathematica published a blog titled “A Quick Guide to Choosing Federal Medicaid Authorities to Address Health-Related Social Needs.” This blog explores the three most common federal Medicaid authorities that enable states to offer health-related social needs (HRSN) services to Medicaid-enrolled individuals: Section 1915 HCBS waivers, Managed Care In Lieu of Services (ILOS), and Section 1115 demonstrations. It also discusses key factors to contemplate as a state Medicaid official when choosing how to cover HRSN services, emphasizing considerations such as the intended population, types of services, and program features.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/75239

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MACStats: Medicaid and CHIP Data Book

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) recently released the 2023 edition of their “MACStats: Medicaid and CHIP Data Book,” which presents the most current data available on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These programs provide a safety net for low-income populations who otherwise would not have access to health care coverage and cover services other payers often do not. This data book compiles the broad range of Medicaid and CHIP statistics that MACPAC regularly updates on macpac.gov into a single, end-of-year publication. MACPAC’s purpose is to bring together in one place federal and state data on Medicaid and CHIP that come from multiple data sources...

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New Medicaid Unwinding Resource Hub

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a new online resource hub with Medicaid and CHIP Renewal and Transition Resources for Partners. This virtual hub provides key resources in one centralized location so all partners (e.g., states, beneficiary and provider organizations, and advocates among others) can better assist people with Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) renew their health coverage or find other coverage options that may be a better fit for them. This hub contains the following resources: Resources to help others with coverage Outreach materials by population category Key government actions taken to support Medicaid renewals and transitions...

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Guidance to State Medicaid Agencies on Dually Eligible Beneficiaries Receiving Medicare Part B Marriage and Family Therapist Services, Mental Health Counselor Services, and Intensive Outpatient Services

On December 14, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) issued an Informational Bulletin to advise state Medicaid agencies that starting January 1, 2024, Medicare will begin covering and making payments for marriage and family therapists (MFT) and mental health counselors (MHC), and intensive outpatient program (IOP) services provided to dually eligible beneficiaries, or individuals enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. These provisions were implemented as part of the Calendar Year (CY) 2024 Physician Fee Schedule final rule (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-1784-F, “Revisions to Payment Policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Quality Payment Program and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2024”)...

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Refugee and Asylee Data on the Utilization of Medicaid

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement have jointly released a report aimed at enhancing the data infrastructure of agencies managing refugees and Medicaid services. This report, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund, addresses data gaps in understanding the health and well-being of refugees. By linking data from two HHS administrative systems, the Refugee Arrivals Data System (RADS) and the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System Analytic Files (TAF), the report provides insights into Medicaid enrollment trends and service utilization among refugees...

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Medicaid Enrollment and Unwinding Tracker

KFF released an updated version of their "Medicaid Enrollment and Unwinding Tracker" on February 1. This tracker provides state-level data on Medicaid/CHIP enrollment, unwinding, renewals, and other measures. Please note that while the tool includes national data reported by CMS, it has a lag of several months and may not reflect the most current Medicaid enrollment status.

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What Do Medicaid Unwinding Data by Race and Ethnicity Show?

A recent analysis by KFF explores the unwinding of the pandemic continuous enrollment provision in Medicaid, with a focus on its impact on different racial and ethnic groups. This analysis was based on data from the nine states reporting data that allowed for analysis of disenrollment patterns by race and ethnicity as of September 2023: Arizona, California, Indiana, Minnesota, Oregon, Nevada, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Washington. The analysis found that across these states, the racial and ethnic composition of people losing coverage generally mirrors that of the overall Medicaid population. While available data on Medicaid disenrollments by race/ethnicity suggest people of color are not at greater risk of being disenrolled, the data...

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