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ACAP Celebrates 50 Years of Medicaid

In a statement, ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Amendments of 1965, which provided Federal authorization for the Medicaid program. 

“Medicaid has been a lifeline for millions of individuals and families across the United States. It’s played a critical role in helping people lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. And it’s touched far more lives than people realize: nearly 2 of every 3 Americans have either benefited from Medicaid, or know someone who has.”

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ACAP Named to NQF Measure Applications Partnership for Dual Eligibles

ACAP was recently named by the National Quality Forum to the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries. MAP is a multistakeholder group which reviews and makes recommendations on measures appropriate for public reporting, performance-based payment, and other uses.

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Heather Foster Joins ACAP as Vice President, Marketplace Policy

ACAP recently introduced Heather Foster as the organization’s new Vice President for Marketplace Policy. Ms. Foster joins ACAP with extensive experience in health policy work with associations and in the halls of Congress. At ACAP, Ms. Foster will lead the Association’s efforts to promote policies of interest to Safety Net Health Plans that participate in Health Insurance Marketplaces. Among ACAP’s Marketplace-related policy priorities are a suite of fixes to the Affordable Care Act and efforts to improve continuity of coverage and reduce churn between Medicaid and Marketplace coverage environments. Full Statement >

ACAP Comments on Comprehensive Overhaul of Medicaid Managed Care Regulations

ACAP submitted nearly 60 pages of comments to CMS on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that governs managed care in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The proposed regulations constitute the most sweeping set of changes to the rules governing managed care organizations serving Medicaid and CHIP since 2002.

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Univ. of Florida Researcher Award Grant From ACAP, AcademyHealth

Melissa Bright, Ph.D., M.S., an Assistant Research Scientist at the College of Medicine and the Institute for Child Health Policy at the University of Florida, was awarded a competitive research grant through a  new partnership between the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP)  and AcademyHealth. 

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ACAP Reaction to Supreme Court Decision in King v. Burwell

ACAP's statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold subsidies for individuals receiving coverage in Federally-facilitated Marketplaces is here.

Jennifer McGuigan Babcock to Assume Role of Vice President, Medicaid Policy

ACAP today announced that Jennifer McGuigan Babcock, the group’s Vice President for Exchange Policy and Director of Strategic Operations, will assume the duties of the Vice President for Medicaid Policy. She will begin her new duties on July 2. She succeeds Kathryn Kuhmerker, whose retirement at the end of June caps a distinguished career in Medicaid policy and advocacy.   More >   

ACAP Issues Recommendations for Refinements to Health Reform

ACAP today issued a set of recommendations to improve the delivery of health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in an effort to smooth the provisions of the Act and make it work better going forward. Among the recommendations laid out today is a sustained call to enact a guarantee of 12-month continuous enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP to reduce gaps in Medicaid coverage, improve health outcomes, and lower administrative burden on states and providers. 

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Inside the ACAP Collaborative to Combat Rx Drug Abuse

A new ACAP report highlights innovative strategies employed by not-for-profit Safety Net Health Plans to address the issue of prescription drug abuse—in particular, the misuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers. The report draws upon the experience of ACAP’s Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse Collaborative, a group of 13 ACAP-member Safety Net Health Plans which designed and executed projects aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse among their plan members. 

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Assessing ACAP Plan Efforts to Coordinate Care for Dual Eligibles With Chronic Conditions

On the eve of a Senate Finance Committee hearing on ways to improve care for chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries, ACAP Chief Executive Officer Margaret A. Murray noted the progress of ACAP-member Safety Net Health Plans offering coverage through Special Needs Plans and in Financial Alignment Demonstrations:

“Under the duals demonstrations, health plans are already innovating, and enrollees are seeing the benefits. Some plans are working with community-based organizations to connect members to stable housing after they emerge from stays in nursing facilities. Others are opening regional primary care centers for dual eligibles who didn’t have a regular or meaningful relationship with a primary care provider before joining the demonstration... We are commited to continuing our work on ways to improve the design and implementation of the Duals Demonstration and the sustainability of integrated care programs for dual-eligible beneficiaries.” 

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ACAP Applauds Steps to Consider Full-Benefit, Partial Benefit Duals Separately