New Report: 4 in 10 QHP Issuers Operate a Medicaid Plan in the Same State
A new ACAP analysis finds that of the 335 Qualified Health Plan issuers offering Marketplace plans in 2016, 137—or just over 40%—offer Medicaid managed care coverage in the same state. A closer analysis of the results, however, suggests that many individuals – even those residing in states with large numbers of overlap issuers – have limited access to plans that operate in both Medicaid and the Marketplace, as many overlap issuer plans are only offered regionally.
Read the report > Spreadsheet of QHP Issuers (Excel) > Press release >
ACAP Applauds Preservation of Risk-Adjustment Fixes in Medicare Advantage Final Call Letter
ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray made the following statement about the 2017 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment Policies and Final Call Letter recently issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):
“With this final notice, CMS has addressed the flaw in its risk adjustment system that had led to systemic underpayments for health plans serving full-benefit dual eligibles—who are among the poorest, sickest, and most vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries.
“This fix will help Safety Net Health Plans and others to continue their mission to bring integrated services to full-benefit dual eligibles through coordinated, accessible, high-quality care—as is the intent of the Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan program as originally passed in the Medicare Modernization Act." Full statement >
ACAP Marks Six Years of the Affordable Care Act
On the six-year anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray issued a statement that read in part:
"At the time President Obama signed [the ACA] into law, about 1 in 6 Americans lacked access to health coverage--despite the fact that America spends far more on health care than any other country in the world. Thanks to the expansion of Medicaid programs in states around the country and subsidized coverage through Marketplaces, the proportion of uninsured is now more like 1 in 10 – and dropping. That’s an overdue step in the right direction.
“However, improving our health care system is a continuous process, not a one-and-done proposition. Working with its 56 member Safety Net Health Plans – including seventeen offering coverage as Qualified Health Plans through Marketplaces – ACAP has developed a number of specific proposals that can further improve health coverage and consumer choice." Read the proposals >
39 Organizations Voice Support for 12-Month Continuous Enrollment in Medicaid, CHIP
Thirty-nine allied health organizations recently submitted a letter to leaders in the House and Senate urging them to pass legislation that would provide for 12 months’ continuous eligibility for Americans in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP).
The legislation – H.R. 700 in the House, introduced by Reps. Gene Green (D-Texas) and Joe Barton (R-Texas), and S. 428, introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) – addresses “churn,” a phenomenon where people with Medicaid and CHIP coverage lose their eligibility because of bureaucratic paperwork issues or short-term changes in income. Read the letter > | Press release >