New Strategies for Maximizing Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment

By Liz Hagan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a letter to state Medicaid directors outlining five optional strategies that states can use to maximize Medicaid and CHIP enrollment in 2014, regardless of whether or not they are expanding Medicaid. These strategies can make it easier for many uninsured individuals and families to connect to the coverage they need, while simultaneously generating administrative savings for states.

Five options for streamlining eligibility and enrollment:

  1. Begin using Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)-based rules in Medicaid and CHIP October 1, 2013.
  2. Adjust 2014 Medicaid renewal dates to allow for a better transition to MAGI-based rules.
  3. Enroll eligible participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Medicaid.
  4. Enroll eligible parents in Medicaid based on their children’s income eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP.
  5. Implement 12-month continuous eligibility for parents and other adults.

Enroll America recently hosted a webinar with CMS and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that delved a little deeper into how states can take advantage of these opportunities to accelerate enrollment, and why.

The CMS letter provides guidance to states on how to go about implementing these strategies. For other ways to accelerate Medicaid enrollment and make enrollment easier and more streamlined, see our new factsheet.

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