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MACPAC recommends Congress continue Medicaid/CHIP provisions

February 14, 2013

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission yesterday recommended that Congress enact legislation to allow 12-month continuous eligibility for children and adults enrolled in state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance programs after 2013, which would give enrollees time to transition to new health coverage if they become ineligible due to income changes during the year. Under the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act, states must request a waiver to use 12-month continuous eligibility after 2013. The commission also recommended that Congress permanently fund the Transitional Medical Assistance program, which allows parents to keep their family's Medicaid coverage for at least six months after transitioning to a new job. The recommendations will be included in the commission's March report to Congress.