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Medicaid’s New “Health Home” Option

This brief provides key information about the new option for state Medicaid programs to provide “health home” services for enrollees with chronic conditions. The option, established under the new health reform law, took effect on Jan. 1, 2011. Health homes are designed to facilitate access to and coordination of the…

Public Health in a Changing Health Care System: Linkages Between Public Health and MCOs In the Treatment and Prevention of STDs

Public health agencies and managed care organizations share responsibility for the health of the populations they serve. Their relationships are particularly important in the area of STDs. This study analyzes the evolving relationships between managed care organizations and public health agencies in how they manage the prevention, treatment, and tracking…

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…

Briefing on State Medicaid Programs, the Recession and Health Reform

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) held a 9:30 a.m. ET briefing on Thursday, September 30 to examine the challenges facing states as they continue to struggle with the lingering impacts of the recession and begin preparing to implement health reform. Three reports were released…

Quick Take: Geographic Variation in Dual Eligible Enrollment

Over 9 million elderly Americans and younger persons with disabilities are jointly enrolled in the Medicaid and Medicare programs.  These “dual eligibles” receive coverage for most medical services from Medicare, and they also receive Medicaid assistance for Medicare premiums and cost-sharing and coverage of benefits not offered under Medicare (such…