Better Process, Better Health

This article in Tradeoffs discusses a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid in the Federal Register. This notice is part of a larger executive order signed last December aimed at reducing the administrative burdens of public health insurance programs. According to author, Paul Shafer, administrative burdens can impact health by making it more challenging for people to access benefits they are eligible for, doubling down on existing health inequities.

This NPRM, titled “Streamlining the Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program [CHIP], and Basic Health Program Application, Eligibility Determination, Enrollment, and Renewal Processes,” aims to shift some of the administrative burdens of applying for CHIP and Medicaid from the applicants back to the government. For example, it allows Medicaid and CHIP to accept each other’s eligibility determinations, requires states to try harder to reach eligible people, and send pre-populated renewal forms.

Read the full article here!

Research for this piece was supported by Arnold Ventures. 

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