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Louisiana Blazing Trail for Streamlined Medicaid Enrollment

July 12, 2016

Louisiana has earned lots of attention for jump-starting Medicaid enrollment of more than 235,000 people on July 1, the first day of its Medicaid expansion.  Less celebrated but also important, it’s the first state to use a recent...


States Can Use Existing Information to Reduce Number of Uninsured

April 14, 2016

More than 1.8 million uninsured people eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are in families participating in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), new data from the Urban Institute show.  That’s more than 20 percent of the 9.1...


Medicaid Data Can Connect Low-Income Children to School Meals

March 17, 2016

Growing up in a family that can’t always afford an adequate diet can have lasting effects on children’s health and development.  A new federal initiative will make it easier for low-income children who receive Medicaid to get free or reduced-price meals at school automatically, with no application required.  The Agriculture Department (USDA) will offer a...


Better Access to Nutrition Improves Health

November 12, 2015

Children in households lacking adequate access to food are at least twice as likely to be in fair or poor health as other children, a new review of research on the link between “food insecurity” and health finds.  Food insecurity among children is also linked to greater risk of asthma, anemia, cognitive and...


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...