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New State Option Can Cut Red Tape and Boost Medicaid Enrollment

September 10, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a permanent state option to help state Medicaid programs enroll SNAP participants in Medicaid who are certain to be eligible based on the information used to determine their SNAP eligibility.  This will enable more SNAP participants to get...


Obama Budget Would Boost Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment for Children and Adults

February 4, 2015

President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget would wisely enable states to cut red tape and enroll more eligible children and adults in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by making permanent Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) for children and letting states extend Continuous Eligibility (CE) to adults.

ELE, which is slated to expire at the September 30 end of fiscal...

Moms: Getting Their Families the Coverage They Need

May 12, 2014

In a new blog post for Moms Rising, I discuss the important role that mothers play in getting their families the health coverage that they need.  Many already have been responsible for more than 8 million people enrolling in private health coverage during the first open enrollment season for health...

Enrollment Assistance Under Health Reform Has Roots in Other Successful Programs

May 23, 2013

Starting in October, millions of uninsured Americans will be able to enroll in private health coverage through health reform’s new health insurance marketplaces (also called “exchanges”).  But a program designed to help people apply for and enroll in coverage has come under fire, despite its origins in other successful enrollment efforts.

Under health reform, so-called “...

User-Friendly Applications Will Help Uninsured Gain Coverage

April 30, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released the revised forms that people will use to apply for health coverage through the new health insurance marketplaces (also known as exchanges).  These relatively short, easy-to-understand applications are a big improvement over the drafts that HHS...

Helping Consumers Choose the Right Health Plan Under Health Reform

April 16, 2013

In less than six months, millions of uninsured Americans will be able to enroll in private health coverage through health reform’s new health insurance exchanges.  Health reform requires exchanges to create “navigator” programs to help individuals enroll, but groups representing insurance agents have...

States Cutting Red Tape in Health Programs

December 21, 2012

Twenty-three states (see map) received a total of roughly $300 million in federal performance bonuses this week for exceeding targets for enrolling more eligible children in Medicaid and removing obstacles that can prevent eligible families from applying for and renewing Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s...

Center’s New Toolkit Will Help States Prepare for Eligibility Changes Under ACA

June 13, 2012

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will not only make affordable health care available to millions of low- and moderate-income, uninsured Americans.  It will also transform how individuals access health coverage programs, bringing eligibility processes into the 21st Century.  This transformation will likely also significantly change how families apply for and receive other benefits, such as the...

No Bonuses for You, House Committee Tells States That Improve Children’s Health Coverage

May 2, 2012

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted last week to eliminate performance bonuses for states that streamline their Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) procedures and reduce red tape so that more eligible low-income children can get and keep health coverage.

Like several other steps the committee took to produce the savings required by the House...