National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org NDNRC Thu, 11 Apr 2024 20:03:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.4.2 April 12, 2024 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/2024/04/12/april-12-2024/ Fri, 12 Apr 2024 14:00:13 +0000 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/?p=8400 43.6 MILLION ENROLLEES QUALIFY FOR RENEWED COVERAGE

As of April 11, states have reported renewal outcomes for more than half of those enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) with 30.4 million renewals still remaining. 21% of those who completed the renewal process were disenrolled and 43.6 million enrollees were able to qualify for renewed coverage. The large range of disenrollment rates in each state varies, with the highest of 57% being in Utah and the lowest of 12% in Maine. Out of all states with available data, 69% of all those disenrolled were due to procedural reasons.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) did not ensure that selected states complied with Medicaid managed care mental health parity requirements. Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families (CCF) covered this misstep where state deficiencies were reported.

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Data on child health quality data has been made available through CCF’s State Data Hub. Here, information on how many children with Medicaid/CHIP coverage have gotten well-care visits, screenings, medications, and more, can be found.

The Commonwealth Fund (TCF) released a blog on using Medicaid to address youth populations’ mental health needs within school settings. 7 out 10 students in public schools reported seeking mental health services which have required schools to adopt better mental health programs.

TCF also reported on Medicaid eligibility and work requirements, as 67% of Medicaid enrollees were in school, working full-time, or even working part-time. Strict work requirements bar many potentially eligible enrollees from Medicaid coverage, like people with disabilities.

Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.

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April 5, 2024 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/2024/04/05/april-5-2024/ Fri, 05 Apr 2024 14:00:44 +0000 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/?p=8397 HHS TO MAKE MARKETPLACE COVERAGE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that ACA Marketplace plans will implement policies to make enrollment easier for low-income individuals. Changes include routine adult dental services and network adequacy standards. This is great news for people with disabilities who are eligible for a special enrollment period due to the unwinding of Medicaid or other qualifying circumstances.

More can be read on these changes, such as increasing access to healthcare services, improving the plan selection process, and strengthening marketplace plans, in HHS’ Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2025 final rule here.

Speaking of special enrollment periods – the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending a temporary special enrollment period for those who are no longer eligible for Medicaid or CHIP transition into a Marketplace plan. The deadline has been extended from July 31 to November 30, 2024! Qualifying individuals should enroll in a more affordable plan with new, expanded health benefits!

Navigators who work with people with disabilities who have communication-related needs in the process of applying for health insurance coverage through the Marketplace can review the  NDNRC’s latest factsheet on assisting consumers with communication needs, complete with an accessible PDF version.

As of April 4, states have reported renewal outcomes for more than half of those enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) with 32.1 million renewals still remaining. 21% of those who completed the renewal process were disenrolled and 42.3 million enrollees were able to qualify for renewed coverage. The large range of disenrollment rates in each state varies, with the highest of 57% being in Utah and the lowest of 12% in Maine. Out of all states with available data, 69% of all those disenrolled were due to procedural reasons.

Data from CMS enrollment in Marketplace plans for those who have lost coverage during the Medicaid unwinding have increased by almost one-third during December 2023. This gap in coverage helped the Marketplace reach a historic number of 21.45 million enrollments.

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The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families covered a report issued by the HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). This report estimated that the average monthly eligibility for Medicaid/CHIP will go up by 3.5% in states that do not have 12 months of continuous enrollment coverage.

HHS has released final rules for short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans and aim to improve access to affordable and comprehensive healthcare coverage. Interested enrollees in STLDI plans should be able to easily obtain information on these health coverage options.

The Office for Civil Rights and HHS released statutes in the form of a factsheet that are key in advancing health equity. This goal will ensure non-discrimination and increase access to services for people with disabilities, especially through non-discrimination in healthcare.

The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) has also released a factsheet on addressing and promoting health equity for marginalized populations, like the LGBTQI+ community and those who face environmental injustices, and women’s health.

The Commonwealth Fund reported on the state of primary care in the nation. This report highlighted that less than 1 in 3 primary care providers make home visits and less than 4 in 10 physicians can coordinate with specialists and hospitals for a patient’s care.

KFF examined data from a survey conducted on LGBTQI+ adults’ experiences with discrimination and healthcare disparities. Key findings included that this population faces increased negative mental health outcomes, with a higher rate of disability among younger LGBTQI+ populations.

April is National Minority Health Month! The importance of one’s racial/ethnic identity and the intersection with disability can lead to an array of health disparities that these populations face. This month, HHS will call attention to NMHM’s theme of “Improving Health Outcomes Through Our Cultures, Communities, and Connections” and focus on the impacts of the social determinants of health via a toolkit.

Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.

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March 29, 2024 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/2024/03/29/march-29-2024/ Fri, 29 Mar 2024 14:00:19 +0000 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/?p=8393 HHS TAKING ADDITIONAL ACTION IN COVERAGE DURING MEDICAID RENEWALS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be taking additional action in aiding people to remain covered during the current Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Guidance and resources include tools for states on federal renewal requirements, completion of signatures for enrollees, and how partners can help families navigate state Medicaid fair-hearing processes.

The Biden Administration is aiming to streamline the enrollment process for Medicaid and CHIP. Some Medicaid provisions include requiring states to provide all individuals with at least 15 days to provide any additional information when applying for the first time, not allowing states to conduct renewals more frequently than 12 months, and prohibiting in-person interviews for people with disabilities.

The Administration is also implementing protection for consumers from low-quality coverage in limiting “junk” health plans, also known as short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans. These plans are not subject to the ACA’s consumer protections, such as protecting from discrimination on health status and pre-existing conditions.

More information on STLDI plans can be found through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) factsheet, released by HHS. This factsheet discusses final rules on these plans and amendments placed in July 2023. These amendments would promote consumer coverage and help improve access to healthcare coverage.

As of March 26, states have reported renewal outcomes for more than half of those enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) with 34.3 million renewals still remaining. 20% of those who completed the renewal process were disenrolled and 40.6 million enrollees were able to qualify for renewed coverage. The large range of disenrollment rates in each state varies, with the highest of 57% being in Utah and the lowest of 12% in Maine. Out of all states with available data, 70% of all those disenrolled were due to procedural reasons.

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Many health policy platforms have been covering the record enrollment from Open Enrollment. The National Academy for State Health Policy noted key takeaways, such as continuing access to coverage, a growth in enrollment for state-based Marketplace plans, coordination of these plans with state Medicaid agencies, and the use of enhanced premium tax credits.

Child enrollment in the Marketplace has increased by almost 40% since Open Enrollment but still does not address overall child enrollment from those who were uninsured from Medicaid. According to Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families (CCF), solutions include greater outreach efforts and quick re-enrollment for children.

CCF also covered call center data during the end of the continuous coverage provision. Overall notes from this data note that data does not include all calls received by call centers or after business hours and only includes calls that were transferred to a live agent.

The Administration for Community Living announced the release of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Toolkit. The importance of NIDILRR’s toolkit is to educate stakeholders to help with research and development, capacity building, and knowledge translation in improving the abilities of people with disabilities.

Today is the last day to submit an abstract for the American Public Health Association’s 2024 Annual Meeting and Expo! APHA’s Disability section invites abstract submissions for socio-behavioral including health education, health systems, health law and policy, and social justice research related to disability and public health that represent people with all types of disabilities across the lifespan. Abstracts dedicated to all aspects of disability and public health will be considered!

Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.

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March 22, 2024 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/2024/03/22/march-22-2024/ Fri, 22 Mar 2024 15:32:06 +0000 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/?p=8390 THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TURNS 14!

March 23, 2024, marks the 14th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act! Despite multiple efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, it continues today, offering millions of Americans affordable, accessible, and continuous healthcare coverage.

This past Open Enrollment saw record numbers of ACA marketplace enrollments, with 21.3 million signing up for coverage and many states adopting Medicaid expansion. That is a lot to celebrate!

Thanks to the ACA, people can:

  • Get coverage for essential health benefits
  • Get vaccines, birth control, cancer screenings with no cost
  • Experience a decrease in racial disparities in health coverage
  • Don’t have to worry about pre-existing conditions when signing up for healthcare coverage

As of March 20, states have reported renewal outcomes for more than half of those enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) with 35.7 million renewals still remaining. 31% of those who completed the renewal process were disenrolled and 39.7 million enrollees were able to qualify for renewed coverage. The large range of disenrollment rates in each state varies, with the highest of 57% being in Utah and the lowest of 13% in Maine. Out of all states with available data, 70% of all those disenrolled were due to procedural reasons.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released an informational bulletin to remind states of compliance with federal renewal requirements. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) broke them down and called attention to lack of state resources for adequate oversight.

CCF summarized the Medicaid and CHIP provisions in the Biden Administration’s fiscal year budget for 2025. Relevant provisions include closing the coverage gap in non-expansion states, continuous Medicaid/CHIP coverage for children up to 36 months, maternal health support benefits, and improved home and community-based services.

CCF also reviewed states that had failed to submit Managed Care Program Annual Reports, bringing up issues of inadequate oversight of and lack of accountability. Recommendations made were to report the number of denials along with the outcomes of appeals from said denials and stick to planned actions for processing and analyzing data.

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The Department of Health and Human Services announced the Biden Administration’s initiative to strengthen investments in person centered primary care. This initiative aims to improve health outcomes and lower costs in Medicaid/CHIP services.

The CHIRblog recapped an event sponsored by Arnold Ventures that focused on the No Surprises Act’s effect on consumers and challenges experienced with the independent dispute resolution process. The recording can be found here.

The White House released a press release on an executive order to advance women’s health research and innovation. Section 4 places an emphasis on “addressing health disparities and inequities affecting women, including those related to race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, disability, and exposure to environmental factors and contaminants that can directly affect health.”

Review recommendations to CMS in which AAHD joined a coalition led by Community Catalyst and UNIDOS US, which consisted of over 100 organizations, in making about actions that could be taken to promote continuous Medicaid coverage during the Medicaid unwinding.

Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.

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March 15, 2024 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/2024/03/15/march-15-2024/ Fri, 15 Mar 2024 15:00:15 +0000 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/?p=8387 NEARLY 38 MILLION HAVE THEIR COVERAGE RENEWED

As of March 12, states have reported renewal outcomes for more than half of those enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) with 37.6 million renewals still remaining. 19% of those who completed the renewal process were disenrolled and 38.3 million enrollees were able to qualify for renewed coverage. The large range of disenrollment rates in each state varies, with the highest of 57% being in Utah and the lowest of 13% in Main. Out of all states with available data, 70% of all those disenrolled were due to procedural reasons.

A report from the CHIRblog on the independent dispute resolution (IDR) process of binding arbitration in the No Surprises Act covers what data released on this process means for patients, payers, and health care costs. The report found that there was a substantial increase in IDR cases being resolved.

As the renewal process for Medicaid/CHIP continues, a staggering number of Americans still do not have health insurance. The Commonwealth Fund covered a potential solution that policy makers could use to address the amount of uninsured, specifically low-income, people in the U.S. – automatic enrollment.

KFF’s 2023 Consumer Survey of Consumer Experiences with Health Insurance found that cost barriers for dental coverage span across all coverage types, contributing to medical debt. This comes as no surprise as those over the age of 18 find dental coverage being excluded from the ACA’s major cost-sharing protections that apply to essential health benefits.

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Recently, AAHD joined a coalition led by Community Catalyst and UNIDOS US and consisting of over 100 organizations in making recommendations to CMS about actions that could be taken to promote continuous Medicaid coverage during the Medicaid unwinding.

Earlier this week, our partners at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) hosted a webinar on Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs). This webinar has now been archived on the CBPP Health Reform Beyond the Basics website. For more information about SEPs, you can also check out their reference chart.

CBPP will also be hosting a similar webinar in Spanish on SEPs next Thursday, March 21 at 2:00 PM ET. Registration for that webinar is now open.

A new policy brief from the Rural Policy Research Institute examines the landscape of the ACA marketplace in rural areas, including data on premiums, insurance carrier for this patient and subscriber enrollment.

Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.

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March 8, 2024 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/2024/03/08/march-8-2024/ Fri, 08 Mar 2024 15:00:11 +0000 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/?p=8383 OVER 37 MILLION HAVE THEIR COVERAGE RENEWED

As of March 4, over 17.7 million Medicaid enrollees have lost coverage, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) with 41.3 million renewals still remaining. 19% of those who completed the renewal process were disenrolled and 37 million enrollees were able to qualify for renewed coverage. The large range of disenrollment rates in each state varies, with the highest of 57% being in Utah and the lowest of 13% in Main. Out of all states with available data, 70% of all those disenrolled were due to procedural reasons.

The CHIRblog continues to cover the Notice of Benefits and Payment Parameters for 2025 as it relates to stakeholder perspectives on the state insurance departments and marketplaces. Multiple state departments of insurance and state Marketplace plans have commented on topics including updates to essential health benefit standards, special enrollment periods for low-income individuals, and more.

People with disabilities can potentially qualify for a special enrollment period anytime throughout the year! Qualifying events can include changes in household, residence, income, and loss of health coverage. Navigators who work with people with disabilities who have communication-related needs in the process of applying for health insurance coverage through the Marketplace can review the  NDNRC’s latest factsheet on assisting consumers with communication needs, complete with an accessible PDF version.

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The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families covered the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services vaccine coverage and payment policies toolkit for those who have Medicaid or CHIP coverage. Language includes licensure requirements, streamlining provider enrollment and training, and promotion of stand-alone vaccine counseling with space for clarifying questions from families.

The Commonwealth Fund reviewed how community health centers can meet the rising demand for behavioral health care. Between 2018 and 2022, an increase of 39% in the number of health-related visits for mental health care was seen in community health centers. Many people with disabilities utilize these services, showcasing the importance in growth.

Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.

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March 1, 2024 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/2024/03/01/march-1-2024/ Fri, 01 Mar 2024 15:00:33 +0000 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/?p=8379 OVER 35 MILLION HAVE THEIR COVERAGE RENEWED

As of February 22, over 17.4 million Medicaid enrollees have lost coverage, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) with 41.3 million renewals still remaining. 19% of those who completed the renewal process were disenrolled and 35.4 million enrollees were able to qualify for renewed coverage. The large range of disenrollment rates in each state varies, with the highest of 59% being in Arkansas and the lowest of 13% in Main. Out of all states with available data, 70% of all those disenrolled were due to procedural reasons.

KFF released a policy watch covering what is known and what is to be expected during the redeterminations of Medicaid. Three main points to continue watching were that Medicaid enrollment has declined by almost 10% state by state but overall has increased nationally, figures can still not accurately predict what the national Medicaid enrollment rate will be at the end of redeterminations, and what will happen to coverage overall.

The CHIRblog continued to cover stakeholder perspectives on the 2025 Notice of Benefits and Payment Parameters (NBPP). Comments were reviewed from AARP, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Community Catalyst, Families USA, and the National Health Law Program. Topics included network adequacy, limits on non-standardized plans, enrollment periods, consumer assistance tools, and updates on essential health benefit benchmarks.

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The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families reported on the importance of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, commonly referred to as WIC, in helping improve the health of pregnant/postpartum women, infants, and young children. The combination of WIC and Medicaid can help ensure that marginalized populations, like women and children with disabilities, receive equitable health outcomes.

The Biden-Harris Administration announced $36.9 million in national funding opportunities available to grant programs that support behavioral health services. “Expanding access to health professionals in real time to address health issues, including mental health concerns, is a critical component of high-quality, affordable, person-centered health coverage,” said Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, an administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Review CMS’ policy roundup! Included policy topics relevant to people with disabilities and their healthcare coverage are vaccine toolkits, guidance on payment systems for community behavioral health clinics, Section 1115 updates, postpartum coverage, and care, and more!

Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.

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February 23, 2024 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/2024/02/23/february-23-2024/ Fri, 23 Feb 2024 15:04:00 +0000 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/?p=8376 OVER 34 MILLION HAVE THEIR COVERAGE RENEWED

As of February 13, over 16.9 million Medicaid enrollees have lost coverage, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) with 42.8 million renewals still remaining. 32% of those who completed the renewal process disenrolled and 34.3 million enrollees were able to qualify for renewed coverage. The large range of disenrollment rates in each state varies, with the highest of 59% being in Arkansas and the lowest of 13% in Main. Out of all states with available data, 70% of all those disenrolled were due to procedural reasons.

The Commonwealth Fund released a blog on how Medicaid continues to protect beneficiaries from financial stress and the positives impacts it could have if expanded. These policies include specifying rules for noncovered but medically necessary drugs, increased coverage in services like dental and vision care, and a decreased use in waivers that limit retroactive eligibility.

KFF created an interactive dashboard on women’s health per each state. This dashboard includes topics like abortion policies and data, maternal and infant health, demographics, coverage, access and utilization, health status, and sexual health. Charts and infographics can be downloaded or shared on various social media platforms.

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KFF put out a health tracking poll on the economic views and experiences of adults who struggle financially. This directly relates to adults with disabilities, as they face financial and health inequities. Within this group, black and Hispanic adults disproportionately make up the majority, as 1 in 5 say they have difficulty affording their bills each month. Over 8 in 10 adults who struggle to pay their bills reported struggles with going into medical debt.

KFF also reported on the racial and ethnic disparities in access to medical advancements, noting that there is a lack of diversity in clinical trials and continuous financial barriers to access to healthcare. The use of artificial intelligence and clinical algorithms perpetuate disparities and biases that further the decrease in diversity when it comes to healthcare policies and research.

Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.

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February 16, 2024 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/2024/02/16/february-16-2024/ Fri, 16 Feb 2024 15:00:59 +0000 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/?p=8373 OVER 34.3 MILLION HAVE THEIR COVERAGE RENEWED

As of February 13, over 16.9 million Medicaid enrollees have lost coverage, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) with 42.8 million renewals still remaining. 32% of those who completed the renewal process disenrolled and 34.3 million enrollees were able to qualify for renewed coverage. The large range of disenrollment rates in each state varies, with the highest of 59% being in Arkansas and the lowest of 13% in Main. Out of all states with available data, 70% of all those disenrolled were due to procedural reasons.

KFF covered a waiver watch on the Consolidated Appropriations Act which required all states to have 12 months of continuous eligibility for children in Medicaid and CHIP starting in January 2024. Section 1115 waivers would expand this continuous coverage to over 12 months and potentially to adults.

KFF has been looking beyond the data on the potential changes that state Medicaid programs will face in the next 1 to 2 years. Overall, states will get less federal funding in the next fiscal year, an overall decline in inflation adjusted revenue, and a need for more innovative programs in state health care.

Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) delved into data from the third quarter of the public health emergency unwinding. This report found that the rate of successful automated renewals increased, along with the volume of applications, leading to delays in re-enrollment.

CCF also summarized Medicaid and CHIP policy changes to expect in 2024. Changes include adults being able to retain Medicaid coverage until the age of 26, improvements to access to care, an increase in school-based health services, and keeping families and children covered through continuous eligibility.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated a state Medicaid and CHIP telehealth toolkit for best practices and strategies in using telehealth in schools. This toolkit also focuses on ways to deliver healthcare services to offset the current behavioral health provider shortage.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a 2023 update to the Equity Action Plan. “Equity is at the heart of every investment we make, and every initiative we take on. Nobody in this country should be left out or left behind because of where they live, their income, education level, or background,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. Main areas to advance include improvements in maternal and child healthcare, accessible healthcare, priority to the behavioral health of marginalized communities, and an increase in diverse clinical research.

The National Health Law Program (NHELP) released a comprehensive list of public health emergency and continuous coverage resources. This PDF includes federal agency key resources and specific declarations and laws in relation to the ending of the public health emergency.

NHELP also updated an executive summary on messaging and outreach tools for the end of continuous coverage for state Medicaid programs. Advocates for the disability community are encouraged to share this publication to help prepare those recently unenrolled from Medicaid to ensure their access to continuous coverage.

Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.

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February 9, 2024 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/2024/02/09/february-9-2024/ Fri, 09 Feb 2024 15:00:13 +0000 https://nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/?p=8369 OVER 32.5 MILLION HAVE THEIR COVERAGE RENEWED

As of February 1, over 16.4 million Medicaid enrollees have lost coverage, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) with 45.1 million renewals still remaining. 33% of those who completed the renewal process disenrolled and 32.5 million enrollees were able to qualify for renewed coverage. The large range of disenrollment rates in each state varies, with the highest of 61% being in Texas and the lowest of 13% in Main. Out of all states with available data, 71% of all those disenrolled were due to procedural reasons.

The Census Bureau announced that they would not change the process of collecting disability statistics, which would have undercounted current disability rates by 40%. The American Association on Health and Disability along with the Lakeshore foundation released a joint statement with the Consortium for Citizen with Disabilities.

The National Health Law Program and others have filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission against Deloitte Consulting LLP’s automated eligibility system for the Texas Medicaid program. This system wrongful terminated hundreds of thousands of enrollees in the system, along with other major errors.

The CHIRblog posted on current state public option plans and how they are making progress in lowering consumer costs. These reforms help improve affordability and help expand access to coverage for marginalized communities that face barriers in accessing healthcare.

The Commonwealth Fund reviewed states that have made coverage more affordable for immigrant populations. Additional funding and Medicaid expansion programs have allowed for immigrant populations, that have a 50% uninsured rate, to receive affordable health coverage.

Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families reported on the increase in application volume for Medicaid redeterminations, backing up state systems. As time goes on, an increase in the child uninsured rate proves to be a real issue within the redetermination process, directly impacting children with disabilities.

The Kaiser Family Foundation reported in an issue brief on the initiatives to improve access to youth mental health care services, such as school-based Medicaid behavioral health services. This is due to increased reports of anxiety and depression in adolescents aged 12 to 17.

People with disabilities can qualify for a special enrollment period anytime throughout the year. Navigators who work with people with disabilities who have communication-related needs in the process of applying for health insurance coverage through the Marketplace can review the  NDNRC’s latest factsheet on assisting consumers with communication needs, complete with an accessible PDF version.

Archives of our weekly updates are available on the NDNRC website.

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