State of State speeches provide governors with an opportunity to highlight recent policy successes as well as outline key plans and issue areas of focus for the coming year. These speeches are generally strong indicators of governors’ main priorities and sometimes also include specific proposal suggestions and funding recommendations for deliberation by legislatures. Currently, 31 […]
As 2015 comes to a close, Medicaid expansion activity in states has not slowed down. Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid, and six of these states have chosen to pursue waivers to implement alternative versions of expansion. As the new year approaches, a number of additional states are considering options […]
Policy and Process Changes State Legislation HB 1046, introduced in the 2013-2014 legislative session, specifically allows incarcerated individuals to apply for Medicaid prior to the date of their release. If these individuals are found to be eligible for Medicaid, they will be able to receive coverage after their release. In addition, the bill allows for […]
Policy and Process Changes Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between state agencies In 2004, the Department of Health Services (DHS) and the DOC in Wisconsin established their first MOU related to developing processes to allow eligible incarcerated individuals to enroll in Medicaid prior to release. The MOU was updated in January 2015 with revised language to […]
Policy and Process Changes Contract Modifications Taking into consideration the needs of the justice-involved population newly eligible for Medicaid following passage of the ACA, the state negotiated new contracts with their Medicaid health plans and implemented certain changes to the benefit packages for these plans. For example, many behavioral health services that had previously been […]
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 […]
Many individuals involved in the criminal justice system are now eligible for Medicaid in states that expanded the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. Health coverage can provide individuals who are leaving incarceration with access to physical and behavioral health services critical to their successful reentry into the community. In some states, correctional agencies have partnered with Medicaid agencies to implement procedures to begin the Medicaid application process as individuals are nearing their incarceration release dates. This webinar features three states—Colorado, New Mexico and Wisconsin—that have initiated efforts to enroll justice-involved individuals in health coverage.
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 […]