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October 2020

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Report

This report examines children’s unmet health care needs during the pandemic and identifies strategies to address these gaps, as well as barriers to widespread implementation of these strategies.

Commentary

This commentary explores the importance of clearly communicating to consumers what health coverage options are available for the remainder of 2020 and heading into 2021. 

Commentary

This commentary explores the complex question of which health care payers will cover the costs of COVID-19 vaccine administration.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Susan, who enrolled in Medicaid after losing her job of 21 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brief

This brief explores the response to the COVID-19 crisis, taking stock of what we have learned and how we have changed.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Estie, whose lifesaving care was covered by Medicaid when her lungs collapsed when she was three months old.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Gene. After an accident left him quadriplegic at age 17, Medicaid covers needed help with his daily activities.

Webinar & Presentations

This podcast episode focuses on how vision and purpose, communication, planning for action, and balancing political and strategic agility apply in practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commentary

This commentary discusses how, as development of a COVID-19 vaccine continues, states are racing to develop vaccine distribution plans.

Commentary

This commentary covers how states are working to ensure equitable distribution of resources and funding to promote health and safety for all during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brief

This brief provides an introduction to screening for social risk factors, the first step most states are taking through their Medicaid managed care programs to address how social determinants of health influence enrollees' health status and spending.

Report

This report examines how Medicaid agencies in 40 states select managed care organizations to contract with, how contract terms are set, and how performance is evaluated.

Journal Article

10.2020 / By Health Affairs

This blog describes some of the limited actions states may take to alleviate fiscal pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the management of their contracts with Medicaid managed care organizations.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Milly, whose Medicaid coverage provided the care she needed to get through her breast cancer diagnosis.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Raevin, whose daughter's medical issues were covered by Medicaid.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of an innovative program in Oregon that provides Medicaid and low-income patients access to healthy produce from local farms.

Dataset

This toolkit provides a detailed look at 2020 Medicaid enrollment trends, including enrollment details by state across four eligibility categories.

Brief

This brief reviews the evidence on how the Affordable Care Act has affected individual and family health care coverage, access, affordability, hospital finances and national health expenditures.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Steve and Erin, whose growing family was covered by Medicaid while Steve studied to become a pastor.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Kile, who manages his developmental disabilities with the support of services covered by Medicaid.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Susie and her daughter Tymia, who has sickle cell disease. Medicaid covers Tymia's prescription drugs and life-saving surgeries.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of John, a counselor for a nonprofit AIDS support organization. Medicaid helps cover his HIV medication as well as manage his diabetes, lupus, and heart problems.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Latrice, an early learning educator, and her daughter Makayla, who was born with heart complications. Medicaid serves as secondary insurance for the first year of Makayla's life.

Webinar & Presentations

This webinar explores the Buying Value suite of resources to support states' use of performance measures as they assess and improve value with managed care plans and accountable provider entities. 

Brief

This brief considers how a Supreme Court ruling overturning the Affordable Care Act would affect average people and illustrative, hypothetical families in different circumstances.

Commentary

This commentary provides suggestions states can use to improve the completeness of Medicaid data on enrollee race, ethnicity, and language. 

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