Briefs & Reports

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

CHIP Enrollment: June 2011 Data Snapshot

This report provides the latest data on Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment and policy trends nationally and across the states through June 2011, based on survey responses and data provided by CHIP directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report finds that in June 2011, the number of children enrolled … Read More

Medicaid Enrollment: June 2011 Data Snapshot

This snapshot finds that between June 2010 and June 2011, while enrollment continued to grow as an additional 2.2 million people enrolled in Medicaid programs nationally, enrollment growth in the program slowed as the economy started to improve. Enrollment growth over this period was 4.4 percent, down significantly each of the two prior annual periods. … Read More