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MACPAC reports to Congress on Medicaid, CHIP

March 22, 2013

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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) recently recommended that Congress create a statutory option allowing states to implement 12-month continuous eligibility for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and adults in Medicaid. The commission said the recommendation would improve enrollment stability after new income eligibility standards take effect in 2014. MACPAC also recommended that Congress permanently fund the Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA) program, allowing states to opt out of the program if they expand adult coverage under the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” TMA allows parents to keep their family’s Medicaid coverage for at least six months after transitioning to a new job. The March report to Congress also looks at service use and spending patterns for Medicare and Medicaid dual eligibles, a group for which the commission plans to explore policy options in the future. For more, click on: http://www.macpac.gov/reports