Since Medicaid redeterminations began in April 2023, 1.4 million Texans have been disenrolled from the program. Approximately 759,700 people in the state have had their coverage renewed.  As of their most recently published redetermination dashboard from October, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) reported 24% of redeterminations had not been initiated, while 76% … Read more

Jennifer L. Briemann is the executive director of the Maryland Managed Care Organization Association, a trade association for Maryland’s nine managed care organizations (MCOs) serving the HealthChoice Medicaid program.   Briemann recently responded to State of Reform’s questions regarding how Maryland MCOs are preparing for the redetermination process for Medicaid enrollees, their goals and timelines during … Read more

With the federal public health emergency (PHE) extended until mid-October, University of Utah Health Plans is focusing on outreach and communication efforts with providers, clinics, and their Medicaid members.  Their partners, the Utah Health Policy Project’s Take Care Utah initiative, are using navigators to reach the most vulnerable in Utah communities to ensure they do … Read more

This edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” includes a rundown of key bills we’re monitoring, input from a pharmacy leader on his experience with Medi-Cal Rx over the last few months, and the American Nurses Association of California’s work to address the state’s nursing shortage. Thank you for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform    1. … Read more

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has launched a statewide effort to help Medi-Cal beneficiaries keep their Medi-Cal coverage or get enrolled in other coverage in preparation for the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and the end of the federal Medicaid continuous coverage requirement.     A DHCS spokesperson told State … Read more

Q&A: Matt Slonaker discusses Medicaid redetermination concerns and how COVID will change Utah. Matt Slonaker is the executive director of Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP). He has been with UHPP for around ten years, aiming to bring every Utahn health insurance coverage and lower the uninsured rate.  Slonaker will be speaking on the topic of … Read more

Jennifer Strohecker is Utah’s new Medicaid director. Before she was appointed by Governor Spencer Cox, Strohecker was the director of the Bureau of Healthcare Policy and Authorization and the Medicaid pharmacy director.  In this Q&A, Strohecker discusses her priorities in her new role, addressing the opioid crisis in the state, and preparing for the end … Read more

With the Thanksgiving holiday next week, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you on behalf of the entire State of Reform team for your continued support. Whether it’s through attending our conferences, reading our coverage of health care and health policy in Alaska, or sponsoring our events, we appreciate you! Thanks again … Read more

Another week of interim committee meetings kicked off on Monday in preparation for the 2022 legislative session. With session in mind, this edition of “5 Things” features some of the health policy conversations take place and legislation being filed ahead of January 11, 2022. As always, thanks for reading. If you have story ideas or tips … Read more

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) estimates as many as 300,000 Medicaid enrollees may be taken off the Oregon Health Plan once the federal public health emergency (PHE) ends. Medicaid eligibility redeterminations have mostly been on hold during the pandemic, but the lengthy process could begin as soon as January 2022 if the Biden administration doesn’t … Read more