Medicaid and CHIP provide health coverage to nearly 60 million Americans today, and roughly 16 million more individuals will become eligible in 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act. It is imperative that state programs ensure that eligible individuals are able to get and keep coverage, and that states purchase cost-effective, high-quality care for beneficiaries. To support the development of high-performing state health coverage programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaboratives (MAC Collaboratives). These collaboratives are bringing together state and federal partners to address common challenges and pursue innovations in Medicaid program design and operations.
Five collaborative workgroups, each consisting of six to eight states plus federal partners and national experts, will address topics that are critical to establishing a solid health insurance infrastructure:
Each collaborative will meet regularly in 2012 to develop new solutions for advancing high-performing state health coverage programs. By developing new strategies, testing ideas and collaboratively crafting solutions in a shared learning environment, these learning collaboratives will generate practical and actionable results that will be disseminated nationally.
Learning Collaborative Team
The MAC Collaboratives activities are coordinated by Mathematica Policy Research, the Center for Health Care Strategies, and Manatt Health Solutions, with additional assistance from external experts and in close association with CMS.