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Medicaid’s Horizon for the Next Decade: Perspectives from Medicaid Directors

Over its 55-year history, Medicaid has evolved substantially and is a critical component of the U.S. health care system, now providing health coverage to more than 74 million Americans. In t... more

January 11, 2021
What Works to Improve Care for Dual Eligible Individuals: An Evidence and Resource Review

Individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid often have multiple chronic conditions, behavioral health issues, and functional needs and frequently receive fragmented, uncoor... more

January 7, 2021
As Crises Collide: Provider Insights on Caring for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In January 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced statewide strategies to address the opioid epidemic, which included a Medicaid initiative establishing two Centers of Excellence (C... more

January 7, 2021
COVID-19’s Impact on Dually Eligible Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant and harmful effects on people’s mental health. Individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) — such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and majo... more

December 17, 2020
How COVID-19 Affects Dually Eligible Nursing Facility Residents

Nursing facility residents are one of the hardest hit populations of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of October 2020, long-term care facilities account for eight percent of total COVID-19 cases in... more

December 10, 2020
Paying for and Investing in Primary Care in Medicaid: Spotlight on Washington State

Primary care is at a crossroads: While COVID-19 has put unprecedented strain on the primary care system, the pandemic has also opened the door for rapid care delivery transformation. Reducti... more

December 9, 2020
Reflections on 10 Years of the Medicaid Leadership Institute: Perspectives from Former Fellows

Medicaid plays an essential role in providing health care services for millions of people across the U.S. — the need for which has only been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Developing ... more

December 7, 2020
Tracking State Policies to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

Medicaid is the health insurer for 45 percent of births in the United States and 66 percent of all births to Black mothers. Given the disparate rates of maternal mortality and morbidi... more

November 20, 2020
Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Dually Eligible Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) also have co-occurring physical or behavioral health conditions, which put them at greater risk for contracting COVID-19 a... more

November 18, 2020