Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report outlining options and technicalities lawmakers need to consider to establish a single-payer health care system in the United States. Although a lot to assess, the “single-payer” term generally refers to a system in which health care is paid for by a single public authority, as stated by Kaiser Health News (KHN). While once a pipe dream, this topic is officially mainstream and cultivating questions quickly.
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Although Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) has become a buzzword in recent policy conversations, it is still a powerful tool to analyze the social, economic, and environmental factors that influence consumer activity and overall health. If used properly, SDoH have the potential to improve health outcomes and reduce health care utilization and spending.(more…)
The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) Conference gathered executives and government employees in the bustling city of Washington D.C to discuss Medicaid program initiatives in America. The conference offered a variety of Medicaid workshops while highlighting key advancements in healthcare technology.
In case you weren’t able to attend, check out our NAMD recap of key takeaways:
The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed on August 16th, 2018 changes to the Medicaid Review Process, unveiling substantial reduction in approval times. The new updates will generate faster processing of state requests to streamline changes to their Medicaid program through the state plan amendment and section 1915 waiver review process. Less than 1 week following this move, CMS announced $8.6 million in funding to 30 states and the District of Columbia to help reinforce and stabilize corresponding health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The annual Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference (MESC) showcased 4 days of interactive sessions discussing health information technology, MMIS implementations, and Medicaid innovations. Set in the picturesque city of Portland, Oregon, the conference welcomed industry experts from all over the country. Day 1 set the tone by asking the audience: “What’s your next big idea in Medicaid?” All sessions to follow explored that overarching question.
To date, 33 states and the District of Columbia have expanded their programs, 8 utilizing a Section 1115 Waiver. Another 17 are not currently expanding, however, their interest will soon be measured on ballots this Fall.
Overall, the impacts have been significant; coverage, access to care, and delivery system reform have all seen changes. Medicaid expansion has positively affected utilization of services, the affordability of care, and financial security among the low-income population. According to Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), Medicaid expansion states have also experienced significant coverage gains and reductions in uninsured rates – among the low-income population broadly and within specific vulnerable populations.