A report released earlier this year from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families details the state of Medicaid eligibility and enrollment in the country, as well as what may need to occur to put Medicaid-related provisions in place as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Some highlights from the report:
- The eligibility level of children and pregnant women remained stable as of January 2013, possibly in part to expanded coverage directives under the ACA and a reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 2009. However, the trend of little coverage for other adults and parents continues.
- 37 states now have an online application for Medicaid or CHIP – an increase of 12 percent since January 2012, while 36 states currently provide online accounts. More than half (28) of the states in the nation have made it possible for families to renew their coverage online, an increase of 40 percent since last year’s report.
- Overall, families were not burdened with extra cost requirements via the states in the past year. Premium adjustments were few, with 9 states increasing the copay requirement.
The report Getting into Gear for 2014: Findings from a 50-State Survey of Eligibility, Enrollment, Renewal, and Cost-Sharing Policies in Medicaid and CHIP, 2012–2013, and a webcast from the January 2013 briefing are available at the Kaiser Family Foundation website.