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Access To Health Care:

Promises and Prospects For Low-Income AmericansThis book explores critical issues affecting access to health care for low-income Americans by assessing the importance of expansions of health coverage for the poor, the emerging challenges providers who serve low-income and uninsured populations face in a rapidly evolving health care delivery system, and…

Medicaid Managed Care for Persons with Disabilities: A Closer Look

This report, Medicaid Managed Care for Persons with Disabilities: A Closer Look, presents an overview of the findings and summarizes the results of the case studies of Medicaid managed care programs that enroll persons with disabilities in four states: Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, and New Mexico. This report also draws from…

The Characteristics and Roles of Medicaid-Dominated Managed Care Plans

This policy brief (Publication #2180) provides a national profile of Medicaid-dominated managed care plans – those in which Medicaid enrollees make up at least 75 percent of total enrollment. While recent policy and market forces have encouraged the growth of these plans, basic information about them has been lacking, partly…

Medicaid Enrollment in 50 States: June 1997 to December 1999

This report provides current national and state-level data on the number of persons enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. In addition to identifying recent trends in Medicaid and CHIP enrollment, this report also examines trends in the various eligibility categories within Medicaid. The report reveals that enrollment in Medicaid increased by…

Quick Take: Medicaid MCOs and Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Requirements

One mechanism for ensuring that health insurance provides value to consumers for the premiums that they pay, or that others pay on their behalf, is to require insurers to meet a minimum “medical loss ratio” or MLR standard. The MLR is the share of premium revenues that an insurer or…

Protection For Consumers In Managed Care Plans: A Comparison Of Medicare, Medicaid and the Private Insurance Market

This policy paper describes key requirements of consumer protection regulation under Medicare, Medicaid and federal and state laws as they apply to private health insurance. These include choice and availability of plans, disclosure of information, marketing, access, quality, and the grievance and appeals process. The discussion highlights differences and similarities…

Trends in Health Plans Serving Medicaid — 2000 Data Update

An updated study follows trends in commercial health plan participation in Medicaid managed care and includes new analyses on the performance of Medicaid-dominated and commercial plans on measures of effective care and access to care, and on the extent to which plans restrict their Medicaid service areas.

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