Policy and Process Changes State Legislation Prior to passage of the ACA, processes to enroll justice-involved individuals with severe mental illnesses in Medicaid had been in place in Washington due to a directive based on state legislation. In subsequent years the state also enrolled Medicaid-eligible incarcerated individuals if they were admitted for inpatient health care […]
Policy and Process Changes Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between state agencies The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) and the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) have a MOU to facilitate the enrollment of justice-involved individuals via phone. The MOU describes how ODM telephone hotline representatives are provided with access to ODRC’s system which tracks […]
Policy and Process Changes Policy Changes During the state’s 2015 legislative session SB 42 was introduced, which includes language indicating that incarceration is not a basis for denying or terminating an individual’s eligibility for Medicaid. The bill also permits individuals to apply for Medicaid while incarcerated and directs correctional facilities to inform the state Human […]
Policy and Process Changes State Legislation In 2008, the Colorado state legislature passed and the governor signed SB08-006, which allows for the suspension of Medicaid benefits upon incarceration (see Title 25.5-4-205.5). Specifically, if an individual enrolled in Medicaid becomes incarcerated, the state law allows for an individual’s Medicaid enrollment to be However, based on conversations […]
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes pediatric dental services as one of ten Essential Health Benefits that health plans in the small group and individual markets must cover. Adult dental services are not required, but are being offered by marketplace plans as well. However, the way that the ACA structures dental coverage has created a […]
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many individuals involved in the criminal justice system are now eligible for Medicaid, including many young, low-income males who did not previously qualify.
At a recent NASHP preconference, Improving Health, Lowering Costs: Translating Population Health into Effective State Policy, we heard from Washington State about the innovative work currently underway as part of its Healthier Washington initiative. This panel featured MaryAnne Lindeblad from the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) and two local perspectives: Patty Hayes, Director of Public […]
Last month, as part of an Academy Health Annual Research Meeting panel on the 50th anniversary of Medicaid, NASHP Executive Director Trish Riley gave remarks on the history of the program, as well as addressed where it is heading and the long-term relationship between Medicaid and the states. Read the entire speech here.
Oral health is an important part of overall health, however, access to dental coverage for low-income adults remains a challenge, particularly since these benefits are optional for state Medicaid programs. In this webinar, Medicaid officials from Colorado, Iowa, and Washington—three states that have recently taken action on their adult dental benefits—will share insights on important factors in the decision to add, reinstate, or introduce adult dental benefits; how adult dental benefits fits into the larger health reform discussion in each state; successes and challenges each state has faced since implementation; and future policy considerations.