MACPAC June Report

On June 15, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) released its 2020 report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP. The report addresses fundamental challenges facing Medicaid and CHIP with each chapter covering a separate issue.

Chapter 1: Discusses how to better integrate Medicaid and Medicare benefits to improve the care experience and health outcomes for the 12.2 million individuals who are dually eligible for both programs.

Chapter 2: Offers the Commission’s analysis and initial recommendations on how to encourage enrollment of more dually eligible beneficiaries in integrated care models, increase the availability of integrated products, and reach greater levels of integration.

Chapter 3: Offers a recommendation to increase enrollment in the Medicare Savings Programs, which are run by state Medicaid agencies to cover copayments and premiums for low-income Medicare beneficiaries.

Chapter 4: Addresses Medicaid’s statutory role as the payer of last resort, with two recommendations to keep Medicaid from bearing costs that are responsibility of the Department of Defense.

Chapter 5: examines increasing mortality and morbidity among pregnant and postpartum women. Although these trends are not limited to Medicaid, poor outcomes for many women and infants could be addressed through Medicaid Policy.

Chapter 6: Specifically looks at the effects of substance use disorder on pregnancy and postpartum women and their infants.

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