• WHat’s Next?

    Medicaid: What to Watch in 2021

    As the Biden administration takes office, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn will shape Medicaid coverage and financing policy in the year ahead. We highlight what to watch — in Washington, state capitals, and even at the Supreme Court.
  • Tracker

    Medicaid Emergency Authority Tracker: Approved State Actions to Address COVID-19

    Information on approved Medicaid emergency authorities to address the COVID-19 Coronavirus emergency. We include details on Medicaid Disaster Relief State Plan Amendments (SPAs), other Medicaid and CHIP SPAs, and other state-reported administrative actions; Section 1115 Waivers; Section 1135 Waivers; and 1915 (c) Waiver Appendix K strategies.
  • LTSS

    State Variation in Medicaid LTSS Policy Choices and Implications for Upcoming Policy Debates

    Our review of a range of measures, beyond waiver waiting lists, finds substantial state variation in adoption of policies to expand Medicaid for seniors and people with disabilities, with states’ ACA expansion status not a strong predictor of policy choices related to seniors and people with disabilities. Understanding current state-level variation in Medicaid eligibility, spending, and services for seniors and people with disabilities is important to inform upcoming policy debates.
  • Community Health Centers

    Biden Wants to Partner with Health Centers to Promote More Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

    Community health centers say supply and staffing shortages are their biggest challenges in deploying the COVID-19 vaccines, issues the Biden Administration will need to confront in proposing to use health centers as key distribution points for the vaccines. They will likely have mobile clinics, and will help staff mass vaccination sites and provide onsite and pharmacy-based vaccines in hard-to-reach communities.
  • ACA OPen Enrollment

    ACA Open Enrollment Matters For Medicaid Coverage, Too

    President Biden’s executive order to reopen ACA Marketplace enrollment for a special enrollment period has the potential to reach millions of uninsured people – including those eligible for MMedicaid. Data show 7.3M uninsured people were eligible for Medicaid before the pandemic.
20th Annual Medicaid Budget Survey
  • Medicaid Enrollment & Spending Growth: FY 2020 & 2021

    Following several years of declining or flat enrollment growth, states expect Medicaid enrollment and spending each to jump by more than 8 percent in fiscal year 2021, chiefly due to a slumping economy amid the pandemic and federal conditions to maintain coverage to access enhanced federal matching funds. The Medicaid program increasingly will be relied upon to provide health coverage and help soften the economic blow of the pandemic — all at a time when states’ financial capacity to provide such services is stretched thin.

  • State Medicaid Programs Respond to Meet COVID-19 Challenges: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey

    Our annual in-depth, state-specific examination of policy changes and initiatives in Medicaid programs find that this year many involve responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. We present the latest on eligibility and enrollment, provider rates, delivery systems, long-term services and supports, pharmacy actions, benefits, cost-sharing, telehealth and more.

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