Briefs & Reports

The Future of Medicaid in Colorado: Impacts of U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

This paper provides background on the optional Medicaid expansion under the ACA identifies key assumptions about who the newly eligible Medicaid populations will be lists the choices states could consider regarding a Medicaid expansion and what data should be analysed to inform the choices and decisions and lays out the issues of greatest interests to … Read More

Integrated Care for Dual Eligibles

In previous editions of The Michigan Update we have written about Michigan’s plan to implement an integrated delivery system of health care for persons dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. DCH submitted a proposal to CMS in April 2012, which CMS posted for public comment. Based on questions and comments from CMS, the department has … Read More

Implications and Options for State-Funded Programs Under Health Reform

A number of states and the District of Columbia currently administer health coverage programs for low-income uninsured individuals who either exceed maximum Medicaid income eligibility thresholds or who are not categoricallly eligible for the Medicaid program, such as childless adults.  The majority of individuals currently covered through these programs will be eligible for other coverage pursuant to … Read More

Medicaid Health Homes for Beneficiaries with Chronic Conditions

This Kaiser Issue brief focuses on the first four states to receive CMS approval under the new Medicaid Health Home option authorized by the Affordable Care Act: Missouri, Rhode Island, New York, and Oregon. It examines the health home programs these states have established, explores similarities and differences in their approaches, and offers observations regarding … Read More

Baltimore Sun Op-Ed: Compromise needed on the Affordable Care Act

By Jack Meyer and Karoline Mortensen Twenty million Americans live at or below the federal poverty line and are uninsured. The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could leave many without access to affordable health insurance — but only if we let ideological warfare triumph over practical policy solutions. The court upheld the Medicaid expansion under … Read More

Understanding the ACA Supreme Court Decision: State Decisions and State Solutions

In upholding the vast majority of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has placed the responsibility for implementation back with the states.  HMA shares our perspective on “what now” for states.  What are some of the questions states should be asking?  What decisions will states need to make?  And how to best implement and … Read More

Financing County Medi-Cal Eligibility and Enrollment in California

This report examines how the state finances county administration of these programs and explores the potential impacts of several changes underway and on the horizon, such as budget cuts, a new methodology for determining Medi-Cal administrative payments to counties, and the transition of children from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal. Several implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are also discussed, … Read More

New talent in Southern California | Brooke Ehrenpreis

Brooke Ehrenpreis has extensive experience in designing, managing, and evaluating initiatives to enhance health care access and quality for underserved populations and to reduce health disparities. Prior to joining HMA, Brooke served as a director at both National Health Foundation and Insure the Uninsured Project. In both roles, she led organizational efforts to advance statewide … Read More

Comprehensive Hospital EHRs Improve Quality and Efficiency

An HMA report examining the experiences of nine hospitals with comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) systems describes ways that the systems facilitate patient safety, quality improvement, and efficiency.  The EHRs have contributed to faster, more accurate communication and streamlined processes, which improve patient flow, minimize duplicative tests, enable faster responses to patient inquiries, improve capture of … Read More

HMA Offers Supreme Solutions

Now that the decision is made and the health care law has been upheld, there is a lot of work to do. HMA is ready to help our clients understand the Supreme Court decision, consider the options available and develop solutions. States, long before the Affordable Care Act was enacted, were leading the way in … Read More