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This commentary tells the story of Maria and her son Tyler. Tyler was diagnosed with Sotos syndrome shortly after his birth, a condition that can result in overgrowth and delayed development.

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01.2021 / By That's Medicaid

This commentary tells the story of Jessica, a mother who contracted cytomegalovirus which resulted in her daughter Natalie being born with a disability. 

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This commentary explores Utah’s Medicaid and public health partnership and its efforts to expand Medicaid coverage of the state’s asthma home visiting program.

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This commentary explores Michigan’s efforts in improving access and adherence to asthma medications and devices, as well as promoting the use of evidence-based interventions to improve access to important asthma devices and services.

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This brief summarizes key learnings from conversations with 50 leaders of state Medicaid programs across 14 states about implementing strategies to improve consumer engagement in policy and program planning.

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This commentary tells the story of Aliyah. A college graduate and social worker in her mid-20s, spent part of her youth in the Louisiana foster care system, which allowed her to access Medicaid services.

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This commentary tells the story of Chrystal.  Medicaid was her only option for health coverage when she was a full-time student in Milwaukee, but she was almost denied it when her scholarships and education grants were counted as income.

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This commentary describes the legal authority that permits states to continue to authorize Medicaid reimbursement for audio-only telehealth after the public health emergency ends.

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This commentary tells the story of Jessica. While pregnant she contracted cytomegalovirus and it resulted in her daughter Natalie being born with a disability.

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This commentary tells the story of Maria.  When her son Tyler was diagnosed with Sotos syndrome shortly after his birth, his parents signed up for Medicaid through assistance at the hospital and the program has supported him since.

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This commentary tells the story of Leah, who runs an organization to help many low-income Medicaid recipients in her community with needed services.

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This commentary tells the story of Brianna, who signed up for Medicaid in 2016 and was able to receive diagnostic procedures that eventually determined that she suffers from endometriosis and fibromyalgia.

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This report explores key considerations and outlines promising tactics for states to use in evaluating new Medicaid policies.

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This podcast explores strategies public-sector leaders have implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This map current state activity related the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1332 waivers.

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This podcast episode examines how good public administration works applies in practice, featuring the experiences of two Medicaid directors.

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This brief explores the ways in which various organizations worked together to improve access to and use of tobacco cessation benefits among Minnesota's Medicaid population with the goal of reducing commercial tobacco use in this population.

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This report explores the ways in which Medicaid and CHIP largely transfer funding from higher-income states to lower-income states.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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This commentary tells the story of Steve, a Kentucky resident whose family was covered by Medicaid as he put himself through seminary school.

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This report examines Kentucky and Virginia's adapted outreach efforts to help make enrollment as easy as possible to ensure access to critical coverage and care.

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This commentary examines the impact that recent postal delays, COVID-19-related housing and economic crises, and natural disasters have had on state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program agencies.

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This commentary explores the potential fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Medicaid and early childhood services and offers opportunities to sustain critical services.

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This webinar features experts reviewing examples of specific strategies states implemented between April and August 2020 to increase payments to providers in financial distress as a result of decreased health care utilization.

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This commentary explores the key role Medicaid programs play in helping the health care system make the transition to the new normal of the COVID-19 crisis.

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This webinar walks through tools states can use to increase payments to providers through both fee-for-service and Medicaid managed care, despite COVID-19 driven changes to utilization.

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This commentary tells the story of Linda, a high school teacher whose job does not provide health insurance benefits, and is therefore covered by Medicaid.

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This commentary tells the story of Jim, who overcomes the challenges of living with cerebral palsy through services covered by Medicaid.

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This report examines examples from two state Medicaid programs and a nonprofit quality measurement and reporting organization of the data sources used to identify patients’ social risk factors when risk-adjusting payments or measuring quality.

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Sarah, a Michigan resident with multiple sclerosis, was covered by Medicaid during pregnancy.

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Noah enrolled in Medicaid in Maryland when he lost his job and health coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Espri is a self-employed farmer whose family is covered by Medicaid in Indiana.

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This commentary explores how states have been required to make numerous changes to their eligibility and enrollment systems, operations, and policies, in order to comply with the enhanced Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentages.

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This commentary provides an overview of how COVID-19 is affecting state budgets and state health programs.

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This commentary recommends specific steps for state Medicaid programs to ensure state residents receive needed services during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a specific focus on Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) enrollees.

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This commentary discusses how state Medicaid, children’s health insurance programs, and health insurance marketplaces prepare for an expected increase in demand due to COVID-19, an economic downturn and ensuing budget crises, and unpredictable federal relief efforts.

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In this podcast, Medicaid experts share five tips for leaders to address today’s VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) challenges within their organizations.

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This brief highlights how Nebraska’s Medicaid agency and its Division of Public Health partnered to share antibiotic prescribing information between Medicaid claims and evaluation and management codes to determine where targeted education and outreach efforts were needed.

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In this podcast, Medicaid experts discuss how vision coherence is important for effective leadership.

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In this webinar, experts present key findings from a new COVID-19 state resource guide on federal and state Medicaid flexibilities and how they are being deployed to help ensure access to long-term services and supports.

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This commentary provides a snapshot of how states are navigating fiscal challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, given declining revenues and rising spending demands.

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This dataset examines projected changes in federal and state Medicaid and CHIP expenditures for scenarios during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This report provides excerpts of health disparities and health equity contract language from Medicaid Managed Care contracts from five states, Washington, D.C., and the contract for California’s Health Exchange, Covered California.

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Stakeholders in six states assess the impact of Medicaid insurers increasing dominance in the ACA marketplaces.

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This brief provides an overview of New Hampshire’s recent directed payment to six types of essential Medicaid providers in order to help them keep their doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This brief provides a chart describing the effective dates of various federal provisions to allow for temporary flexibilities in the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program programs.

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This toolkit is intended to serve as a resource for states as they begin to strategize about reopening and plan for the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This commentary outlines three key policy steps to help health centers survive in the short term and thrive beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

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This commentary outlines how continuity between Medicaid and the marketplace is more important than ever.

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In this webinar, experts reviewed the current telehealth policy landscape and considerations for states as they design their post-apex telehealth policies.

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This report uses new enrollment data to examine insurer type enrollment trends from 2016-2018.

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This commentary provides an overview of CMS relief guidance and flexibility to state hospitals, facilities, and providers on reporting measures for value-based purchasing and quality reporting programs.

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This commentary explains how, due to the loss of employer-sponsored insurance from the economic fallout of COVID-19, states may continue to see an increase in Medicaid enrollment.

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This webinar presented results from a financial model examining the Medicaid fiscal implications of the interaction between the COVID-19 pandemic, the emerging economic downturn, and recent policy changes.

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This report shows how the additional levels of unemployment insurance provided through the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program affects eligibility for subsidized coverage in expansion and nonexpansion states.

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In this podcast episode, Ed O’Neil, PhD, MPA, a leadership development expert, speaks with Hilary Kennedy, program director for Medicaid leadership at the National Association of Medicaid Directors, about strategies Medicaid leaders can use to continue developing their staff at a distance.

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This commentary identifies actions federal and state policymakers have taken to address the impact of COVID-19 on their managed care performance incentive programs.

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This report outlines potential IT investments in responding to COVID-19 and strategies for states to support these investments, and to secure current and future IT investments that enable ongoing Medicaid program operations and advance health information exchange.

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This webinar reviews potential information technology (IT) investments in responding to COVID-19 and strategies for states to support these investments to secure current and potential IT investments that enable ongoing Medicaid program operations and advance health information exchange.

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This commentary provides an overview of strategies that states can consider to help address gaps in coverage to ensure as many people as possible get access to comprehensive care as the country continues to respond and recover from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

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This webinar discussed the models that have been published of where individuals are expected to gain Medicaid and Marketplace coverage over the next 18 months.

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In this webinar, experts review strategies states can use to manage and process an increased number of Medicaid applications, and the federal authorities that permit states to do so.

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This document provides examples of potential Medicaid messaging states can use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This infographic highlights what states need to consider when providing pregnancy-related services to Medicaid enrollees through telehealth during the pandemic.

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This brief provides an overview of Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Health Services Initiatives (HSIs) and identifies ways that states can leverage them as part of their targeted response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This commentary discusses the 1115 waiver applications submitted by states that have the potential to safeguard access to care and increase support for children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This Q&A responds to questions received regarding the April 9 Targeted Options for Increasing Medicaid Payments to Providers During COVID-19 Crisis Webinar and corresponding Toolkit.

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In this report, researchers estimate the fiscal impacts of several approaches for increasing federal Medicaid matching rates, providing state-level estimates for each approach.

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This Q&A provides a moment-in-time update in response to questions about the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This webinar discuses the impact of COVID-19 on Medicaid Managed Care Performance Incentives.

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This commentary discusses the states that have rapidly amended their Medicaid home- and community-based services for older adults and their family caregivers to ensure access to long-term services and supports during the COVID-19 crisis.

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This commentary discusses the steps states are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect pregnant women and their infants during delivery.

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Valerie and her husband Christopher wanted to adopt two sons from foster care, both with challenging health conditions, but were not sure if they could afford the medical bills. Valerie learned both children were automatically covered by South Dakota Medicaid because of their time in foster care.

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April was born with sickle cell anemia, a genetic blood disorder that is deeply painful and must be managed with proper medication. Medicaid covered April’s treatment and her electric wheelchair, which empowers her in her new everyday life.

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This brief addresses how Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and states can individually and collectively play a role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This commentary discusses new federal and state laws that are making significant steps to eliminate consumer cost-sharing for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, diagnosis, and prevention.

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This commentary includes some of the options available to states to ensure that individuals with complex medical conditions and their families have access to necessary home- and community-based services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis through waiver and state plan amendment applications.

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This resource library provides key guidance, reference materials, and tools for states as they try to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on Medicaid populations.

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This webinar walks through tools states can use to increase payments to providers through both fee-for-service and Medicaid managed care, despite COVID-19 driven changes to utilization. An accompanying toolkit is included that identifies the immediately available tools for states.

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This report assesses the cost of Medicaid relative to private insurance in the health insurance landscape under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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This perspective discusses strategies state Medicaid and CHIP agencies can pursue as part of their emergency preparedness planning for, and response to, COVID-19.

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In this webinar, experts explore the key health care provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the implications for states.

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This brief examines the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that was signed into law to provide resources to help states address the effects of COVID-19.

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This Q&A examines what the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is doing to help states address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This brief is a compilation of communication examples from state departments and agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This report examines the kinds of health insurance unemployed workers have and how coverage patterns have shifted under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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This commentary reviews key information for states about the recent federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) increase and conditions states must meet to qualify for it.

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The federal government has offered Medicaid waivers to give states flexibility to quickly increase their health care workforces in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This brief examines the effect of a recently announced federal program allowing states to apply for Medicaid block grants or per capita caps in exchange for new flexibility to limit enrollment and benefits.

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This report examines the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and its implications for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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This podcast discusses the many ways that states are working to address the challenges surrounding maternal and infant mortality, specifically the significant disparity experienced by black women,

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This report describes select policy and strategy levers that Medicaid agencies can employ to improve maternal health outcomes and address outcome disparities in five areas: coverage, enrollment, benefits, models of care, and quality improvement.

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This podcast discusses the strategies and challenges faced while developing meaningful consumer engagement strategies for Colorado and Washington State Medicaid.

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Carolyn was working two jobs without health insurance when she fell in her home and cracked her hip. Unable to afford out-of-pocket expenses, Carolyn received disability coverage through Medicaid.

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Alecia was born with Down Syndrome, a lifelong condition that comes with physical and developmental challenges. Iowa’s Medicaid coverage empowers her to live independently.

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This report focuses on how Medicaid programs can use data from the American Community Survey (ACS), to inform and target interventions that seek to address social determinants of health and advance health equity.

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02.2020 / By Urban Institute

This report studies New Hampshire’s Medicaid work requirement program to understand how it was implemented and why it appears to fail to protect coverage and promote work.

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This report reviews the key features of the proposed capped funding demonstrations and highlights the considerations for states. On January 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a State Medicaid Director Letter (SMDL) inviting states to apply for Section 1115 demonstration projects that would impose caps on federal Medicaid funding for the adult expansion and some other adult populations in exchange for new programmatic flexibility.

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In this podcast, three individuals from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services discuss how they have created an environment that values transparency and staff well-being.

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This report gives an overview of the federal authorities under which states are able to cover nonclinical housing-related services for high-need Medicaid enrollees, and also details how states are using these authorities to invest in supportive housing for diverse high-need Medicaid populations.

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In this podcast, Connecticut’s Medicaid director Kate McEvoy and chief financial officer Mike Gilbert discuss their experiences working with partners in the executive and legislative branches to build trust and a shared vision for sustaining critical programs.

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This blog from the Delta Center illustrates five key insights related to program design and evaluation from the productive partnership between the Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC) and local community health centers (CHCs) to create a care coordination (CCM) program.

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This issue brief draws from the experiences of states that were among the first to implement their substance use disorder waivers to profile how the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria is used within the context of managed care and utilization review, and the challenges and best practices associated with its use.

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10.2019 / By Urban Institute

This report analyzes commercial insurers’ experiences competing in marketplaces with managed care organizations, which only offered coverage within public programs prior to ACA implementation.

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Paul needed a kidney transplant to save his life, and couldn't have afforded the costs without Medicaid.

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When Stacia needed treatment for substance use and mental health, Medicaid covered her care.

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When Sheila's daughter was born with birth defects, Sheila couldn't afford her care. Then she found Medicaid.

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10.2019 / By Manatt Health

This issue brief examines how state Medicaid agencies, families, advocates, providers and other stakeholders can partner to improve access to services for Medicaid-enrolled children with special health care needs.

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This report provides an overview of the behavioral health system’s engagement in Medicaid value-based payment (VBP) models and provides policy recommendations to support VBP adoption.

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09.2019 / By That's Medicaid

When Jennifer and Jerry welcomed their daughter into the family, Medicaid gave her a healthy start.

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09.2019 / By That's Medicaid

When Hannah and Martin's son was born, he needed immediate open-heart surgery. Medicaid covered their son’s birth, surgery, and follow-up care.

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09.2019 / By That's Medicaid

Soon after Gail was diagnosed with breast cancer, she lost her job and her health insurance. Medicaid was a lifeline.

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08.2019 / By That's Medicaid

To stay alive, Bridget must receive dialysis for four hours a day, three times each week. Medicaid is an essential part of her health care coverage, and helps her to lead a normal life.

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08.2019 / By That's Medicaid

LaVerne was covered by Medicaid while she earned her bachelor's degree in nursing, opening the door for her service in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.

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08.2019 / By That's Medicaid

Laura's high-risk pregnancy, and a car accident that left her husband Jed permanently disabled, threw her family's life off course. Learn how Medicaid helped Laura and Jed get it back on track.

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This report describes preliminary observations regarding implementation of Medicaid housing support demonstrations in California, Maryland, and Washington.

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08.2019 / By That's Medicaid

When Shari's disease worsened, she knew she needed more assistance. Learn how Medicaid helped her maintain her independence, so she could help others in need.

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07.2019 / By That's Medicaid

Tom was a successful insurance agent with a college degree and a six-figure salary, when personal tragedy sent him spiraling. Learn how Medicaid helped him get back on his feet.

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07.2019 / By Vox

This short video explains what Medicaid expansion is.

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07.2019 / By Vox

This short video explains the difference between Medicaid and Medicare.

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07.2019 / By Vox

This short video explains how Medicaid has expanded its coverage to cover roughly 1 in 5 Americans.

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07.2019 / By Vox

This short video explains the effect of Medicaid on children's health.

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These tip sheets provide general guidance to help state agency leadership develop and refine the necessary skills and expertise to successfully lead their state programs.

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These resources describe the core roles of state Medicaid and public health agency staff when partnering to implement evidence-based prevention interventions.

This blog reflects on the value of Medicaid and the critical role of Medicaid directors since the program's inception more than 50 years ago.

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06.2019 /

In this blog, two former state medicaid directors demystify the distinct yet complementary roles of public health and health care — and how these state agencies can align efforts around prevention strategies to impact health and costs.

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This issue brief provides examples from a handful of states that have begun the work of identifying, evaluating, and reducing health disparities within their Medicaid managed care programs.

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06.2019 / By Urban Institute

This study assesses potential barriers facing Medicaid enrollees in meeting work requirements through employment on a sustained basis, using pooled data from the September 2018 and March 2019 Health Reform Monitoring Survey.

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A new podcast series, Medicaid Leadership Exchange, is launching to help Medicaid directors and their senior management teams steer the course.

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This table highlights new programs and federal initiatives to combat the opioid crisis.

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This report examines ACA marketplace participation by insurers that participated in Medicaid but not in private insurance markets prior to the ACA.

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The webinar highlights six key questions that state policymakers need to consider when choosing a buy-in model, designing its features, and introducing a Medicaid buy-in program.

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The issue brief identifies the key questions for states pursuing Medicaid buy-in programs to consider as they seek to design and implement their proposals.

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This issue brief explores the “next generation” practices that states are deploying to address social factors using Medicaid 1115 waivers and managed care contracts.

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03.2019 / By Manatt Health

This report examines monitoring and evaluation of work/CE demonstrations and reviews the data assets and infrastructure necessary to support states and their researcher partners in robust monitoring and evaluation efforts.

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In this interview with Louisiana's Medicaid Director Jen Steele, she shares her approach to leveraging Medicaid’s role to improve health outcomes and health equity.

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Eight states will join Aligning Early Childhood and Medicaid, a multi-state initiative aimed at improving the health and social outcomes of low-income infants, young children, and families through cross-agency collaboration.

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This brief reviews considerations for policymakers assessing their state Medicaid managed care programs and exploring strategies for advancing cost, quality, and accountability goals.

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This brief reviews a number of Medicaid strategies states are implementing to prevent and treat substance use disorder and support long-term recovery.

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This brief reviews the role that social and economic factors--such as housing, healthy food, and income--play in a “whole person” approach to health care, especially among Medicaid’s low-income enrollees.

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This brief reviews the opportunities state policymakers have to affect the health—and future well-being and productivity—of their youngest residents through their Medicaid programs.

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This brief reviews the growing body of research on Medicaid's health and economic impacts, including access to care; self-reported health status; preventive health screenings; delaying care because of costs; hospital and ED utilization; and mortality rates.

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This brief outlines the basics of the Medicaid program, including financing and eligibility, for new state policymakers in order to lay the groundwork for considering the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

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This brief highlights priority issues for consideration and potential action, including: the structure of the Medicaid agency; enabling coverage and access; addressing the needs of special populations; and value-based payment policies.

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02.2019 / By Urban Institute

This report finds between 2006 and 2017, growth in spending per enrollee in Medicare and Medicaid was much slower than in private insurance.

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This webinar examines the complexities of state Medicaid oversight of the pharmacy benefit in the managed care environment.

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01.2019 / By Urban Institute

This study analyzed linked maternal and infant Medicaid claims data and infant birth records in three states to assess treatments and outcomes on maternal and infant health.

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MACPAC's 2018 Medicaid and CHIP Data Book is a collection of federal and state statistics regarding the Medicaid and CHIP programs.

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This report outlines the activities of three pilot sites pursuing Medicaid-driven strategies to support young children and their families, to help inform other cross-sector partnerships at varying stages of development.

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This webinar discusses state considerations for developing a Medicaid buy-in proposal, as well as evolving models.

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This national scan summarizes the health care reforms and innovations that newly-elected governors promoted in their campaigns and may become policy in 2019.

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The Senate passed H.R. 6, The Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (the “SUPPORT Act”) on October 3, 2018. This reviews major health provisions of the new law and implications for states.

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This resource highlights articles published since January 2018 that report on the impact of Medicaid expansion in 33 states and DC, organized by health access and outcomes, economic impacts, and coverage impacts.

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This State Health Policy Highlight profiles two issue briefs and a webinar on how state Medicaid programs can address social determinants of health.

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This chart compares the social determinants 11 states targeted in their Medicaid contracts and contract guidance documents to enhance population health, as well as how states monitored outcomes and funded these efforts.

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CMS approved state work/community engagement (CE) waivers in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and New Hampshire; and additional states have submitted or are poised to submit similar waivers. This series of charts outlines the legal, policy, financial and operational tasks and issues that states will face in adding a work/CE condition to their Medicaid program.

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08.2018 / By Urban Institute

This report investigates the work patterns of Medicaid beneficiaries in Kentucky who are are potentially subject to Medicaid work requirements. It finds that the structure of Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver does not seem to align with the reality of some working enrollees’ lives, and that working enrollees losing coverage may not have access to an employer plan.

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This webinar reviews the Stewart v. Azar decision and potential implications for states with approved, pending or planned Medicaid waivers that include work/community engagement requirements. The court’s findings may shape what analysis will be necessary to demonstrate that future waivers advance the Medicaid statute's objectives.

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This webinar provided an overview of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 6|18 Initiative and highlighted recent accomplishments from participating Medicaid-public health teams. The CDC 6|18 Initiative is a framework to guide Medicaid-public health collaboration.

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State officials can align prevention strategies with value-based payment goals through a variety of mechanisms outlined in this brief, which draws from state-based 6|18 Initiative implementation efforts to help Medicaid and public health officials make the case for investing in prevention strategies and aligning these efforts to achieve state VBP goals.

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Webinar discusses the status of state efforts to secure waivers to use federal Medicaid funding to provide care in Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD), including the requirements states must meet to secure an IMD waiver; the status of requests and approvals; and issues and opportunities arising as states pursue and increasingly implement the IMD waiver.

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A state-by-state map of delivery system and payment reform.

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States continue to identify and pursue strategies to further reduce the number of uninsured to make coverage more affordable for consumers and to improve access to care. This issue brief presents two possible models for a Medicaid buy-in program for states, and details the design considerations and authorities needed to implement each model.

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This map tracks state Medicaid expansion decisions and approaches states are taking for expanding eligibility to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. It also includes information on state legislative activity around Medicaid expansion, governors’ stances on the issue, and fiscal and demographic analyses from the state or other institutions. For states that are expanding Medicaid, but using an alternative to traditional expansion, the map also contains brief descriptions of these demonstration waivers.

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In January 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a new policy allowing states to implement work and community engagement requirements for certain Medicaid enrollees. States are permitted to seek federal approval to require non-elderly, non-pregnant, and non-disabled adults to participate in these types of activities to qualify for Medicaid or certain aspects of Medicaid coverage. This chart summarizes states’ pending and approved Section 1115 waivers, waiver renewals, and waiver amendments to implement work and community engagement requirements.

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The nation’s opioid epidemic claimed more than 42,000 lives in 2016, and more than 2 million people in the United States have an opioid use disorder (OUD). Yet, only 1 in 5 people suffering from an OUD receive treatment. In this issue brief, data from three states—New Hampshire, Ohio and West Virginia—highlight Medicaid’s role as the linchpin in states’ efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

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This article explores efforts by nine state Medicaid and public health agency teams to implement 6|18 interventions related to asthma control, tobacco cessation, and unintended pregnancy prevention. It was published in the Journal of Public Health Practice and Management and covers Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.

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State Medicaid programs are increasingly requiring their Medicaid managed care organizations (MCO) to implement APMs. It is important for states to develop ways to ensure that their MCOs are complying with the APM requirements within their contract, and monitoring the progress and challenges with the implementation of APM strategies with Medicaid providers. This report focuses on different ways in which states may set standard APM definitions to track MCO progress toward meeting state APM goals, and support comparison of APM implementation within a state and nationally.

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01.2018 / By Urban Institute

This brief provides an analysis of legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate that would create a mechanism for states to offer their residents the opportunity to buy a Medicaid-based public insurance option.

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On January 11, 2018, CMS released guidance for states seeking 1115 waivers that condition Medicaid eligibility on work and community engagement, quickly followed by approval of Kentucky’s 1115 waivers that include these requirements. Both the new guidance and recent waiver approval represent a significant departure from past Administrations’ positions. This webinar reviews the new guidance and discusses state legal, policy, and operational considerations.

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RWJF’s SHVS together with experts from Manatt Health, host this webinar that highlights and defines potential policy options, including the “Medicaid Buy-in,” that states may consider to leverage Medicaid to achieve their goals with respect to coverage availability and affordability. Conditions that make each option more or less favorable for a state, and implementation issues or other considerations in play for states are discussed.

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Uncertainty about the future of health insurance options and concern about the ability of Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces to offer adequate competition and choice have spurred states to look for new coverage approaches. Innovative strategies states are proposing include allowing consumers to buy into state Medicaid programs and developing state-specific coverage options within the ACA’s framework.

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This webinar features the Urban Institute's Dr. Fred Blavin, whose SHARE-funded research asks how medical spending burdens for near-poor families in non-expansion states would change if the states were to expand Medicaid.

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CMS released two informational bulletins detailing a new, streamlined approach for the review and management of Section 1115 demonstrations and state plan amendments and 1915 waivers. The streamlined approach may enhance states' ability to design innovative health care delivery initiatives in their Medicaid programs. These changes come at a critical time as states develop new approaches to reduce health care costs and stem the opioid epidemic.

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This toolkit is designed to assist states interested in implementing value-based purchasing approaches with their Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs). Using a value-based purchasing approach can mean significant and ongoing changes for a state Medicaid agency and its MCOs.

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The Administration signaled a willingness to give states more flexibility to address health and prevention in new and innovative ways under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, allowing the Department of Health and Human Services to approve experimental and innovative projects that promote the goals of Medicaid. This comes at a pivotal time when many states are developing new ways to improve health care, reduce costs, and address health-related social needs such as housing.

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State policy makers are increasingly focused on social determinants of health (SDOH) because of the important influence of these determinants on health care outcomes and Medicaid spending. Social determinants include a broad array of social and environmental risk factors such as poverty, housing stability, early childhood education, access to primary care, access to healthy food, incarceration and discrimination. This report digs into opportunities that states have to account for SDOH in Medicaid programs.

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State policy makers are increasingly focused on social determinants of health (SDOH) because of the important influence of these determinants on health care outcomes and Medicaid spending. This report digs into opportunities that states have to account for SDOH in Medicaid programs.

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CMS has signaled a willingness to evaluate new types of Medicaid proposals from states, such as Medicaid waiver applications that include programs to connect individuals to employment or incorporate features of private market coverage. In response to CMS’ letter, some states have developed proposals that include these types of requirements for certain individuals covered by the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion—and a few states are seeking similar changes for their non-Medicaid expansion populations.

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Under the authority of Section 1115 demonstrations, some states have implemented DSRIP programs to improve care, improve health, and lower costs. DSRIP programs restructure Medicaid funding into a pay-for-performance arrangement in which providers earn incentive payments outside of capitation rates for meeting certain metrics or milestones based on state-specific needs and goals, which are used to measure success.

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This report explores Louisiana’s permanent supportive housing program. The program, administered jointly by the state’s Medicaid agency and housing authority, is a cross-agency partnership that braids funding to serve vulnerable cross-disability populations, address homelessness, reduce institutionalizations, and save money for the state.

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Medicaid can play a unique and critical role in responding to public health emergencies and health crises. This brief explores the role Medicaid has played in responding to events such as the opioid and HIV/AIDS epidemics, the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, the Flint, Michigan lead contamination crisis, and Hurricane Katrina.

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Driven to improve care coordination and contain costs by moving away from a volume-based payment model, an increasing number of states are implementing risk-based managed care programs to deliver long-term services and supports (LTSS). As the primary payer for LTSS, state Medicaid programs have a significant interest in ensuring that entities with which they contract deliver high quality and cost-effective care to members. This report identifies ways states can learn from value-based payment models being applied elsewhere to create more accountability for the quality and cost of LTSS.

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While the focus of debate regarding repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been on Marketplaces and the Medicaid expansion, myriad other provisions of the ACA are at risk of repeal—including those that streamline Medicaid eligibility and enrollment systems and implement a national, simplified standard for income eligibility. As of January 2016, 37 states are able to complete an eligibility determination in real time, defined as less than 24 hours, and among these, 11 states report that at least half of their applicants receive an eligibility determination in real time. The future of the ACA’s streamlined eligibility and enrollment-related provisions and the system improvements states have invested in to implement them are the subject of this issue brief.

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State agencies across the country, from Medicaid to public health, to social services and corrections, are deeply engaged in multi-sector initiatives to reduce infant mortality. And for good reason: the United States ranks 25th among industrialized countries in infant mortality with a disproportionate number of being African Americans.

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In order to assist states in the facilitation of Medicaid enrollment and renewal for eligible SNAP participants, this webinar presents some of the necessary considerations for leveraging these data for enrollment purposes.

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This report stems from technical assistance provided to California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). The technical expert facilitated webinars and meetings with DHCS staff and medical directors of contracted MCOs, in order to share information about housing resources and emerging practices for improving care and achieving savings by linking more Medicaid beneficiaries with permanent supportive housing.

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