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Health Reform Implementation Resources

Health reform presents unprecedented challenges as well as tremendous opportunities for states to provide access to high-quality, cost-effective health care services for an expanding population. With the prospect of 16-20 million additional enrollees, Medicaid stakeholders across the country can benefit from shared lessons on how to best expand coverage while heeding the needs of existing beneficiaries.

CHCS is assembling rapid learning communities of state agencies, health plans, and federal partners to address front-line implementation issues and identify best practices in the following key areas. This web resource center is designed to showcase innovative ideas in each of these areas to help states maximize opportunities for transforming Medicaid delivery. To find out when new information is posted, sign up for CHCS e-mail updates.


Alternative Medicaid Expansion Models: Common Themes

This fact sheet highlights common themes from the alternative Medicaid expansion models being pursued by Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Medicaid Expansion and Jail-Involved Individuals: Opportunities to Promote Coverage, Improve Health, and Reduce Recidivism

This fact sheet provides a demographic profile of former inmates in the United States and details opportunities to enroll this population into health care coverage.

Charity Care Organizations as Navigators: Considerations for Guiding Consumers toward the Best Coverage Options

Veronica Guerra and Shannon McMahon, Center for Health Care Strategies

This technical assistance brief and its companion reference guide were developed to aid navigators based in charity care programs in helping consumers obtain and maintain appropriate coverage.

Infographic: Minimizing Coverage Gaps Between Medicaid and the Marketplace

This CHCS infographic outlines the effects of churn and potential state strategies for minimizing gaps in coverage.

Alternative Medicaid Expansion Models: Exploring State Options

Maia Crawford and Shannon M. McMahon, Center for Health Care Strategies

This brief outlines key program design features of alternative Medicaid expansion models with a focus on models in Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Hospital Presumptive Eligibility: Opportunities to Connect Uninsured Individuals to Coverage

This fact sheet details state and hospital roles and responsibilities in implementing HPE programs. 

Minimizing Care Gaps for Individuals Churning between the Marketplace and Medicaid: Key Considerations for States

Veronica Guerra and Shannon McMahon, Center for Health Care Strategies

This brief outlines key steps that states can take to reduce the potential gaps in coverage caused by individuals churning in and out of Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.

Implementing the Medicaid Expansion: An Online Toolkit

This toolkit is a collection of tools and resources to help states design programs to address the needs of the Medicaid expansion population.

Planning Tool: Essential Health Benefits Comparison to Guide Medicaid Benchmark Decision-Making

States can use this planning tool to compare benefits between the applicable potential Medicaid benchmark plans within the 10 Essential Health Benefit categories.

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