The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) released data last week on Medicaid renewals through June that showed more than 1.4 million beneficiaries had their renewals initiated since April.      While HHSC plans to report renewal outcomes from its April data in August, it did report data for May and June. Of the … Read more

Last month, Utah Medicaid Director Jennifer Strohecker led a panel discussion on the state’s eligibility redetermination process during the 2023 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference, where she outlined some of the mechanisms in place to close the health coverage gap.      The Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been … Read more

With over 2.4 million Arizonans set to undergo the Medicaid eligibility redetermination process in light of the April 1st cutoff for continuous Medicaid coverage, marking the first redeterminations process since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, Medicaid health plans like UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Arizona have been taking active roles to … Read more

Presenting on a panel at the 2023 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference in Austin on Thursday, senior officials from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC), and Every Texan outlined the statewide coordination that was the start of Medicaid redeterminations next month.     When … Read more

The Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) confirmed this week that the state’s Medicaid program is in the process of reviewing its planned system programming, communication, and other preparations for the end of continuous enrollment.      The federal Omnibus Appropriation Act decouples the continuous Medicaid coverage provision from the Public Health Emergency … Read more

Officials at the Department of Workforce Services (DWS), which determines Medicaid and CHIP eligibility for the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, reported Friday how it has been systematically preparing for the unwinding of the Public Health Emergency (PHE).      The US Department of Health and Human Services will send out its 60-day … Read more

This month’s newsletter includes Medicaid Director Jennifer Strohecker’s comments on Medicaid redetermination planning and other upcoming changes to the program, data about deceptive COVID self-reporting practices with input from State Epidemiologist Dr. Leisha Nolen, and Gov. Cox’s new strategy for addressing social media’s impact on youth mental health in the state. As always, please don’t hesitate … Read more

Though the public health emergency (PHE) was recently renewed, Michigan’s Medicaid enrollees could still be in jeopardy of losing their coverage.  The Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) outlined recommendations for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to make the redetermination period for Medicaid/CHIP members smooth, without losing health coverage. Their recommendations … Read more

In this edition of “5 Things We’re Watching,” we have a deep dive into health items in the budget, a look at workforce challenges facing the state, and a conversation on how state leaders are preparing for Medicaid redetermination. And, in case you missed it, registration is now open for the 2022 Maryland State of Reform … Read more