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Expanding Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

The Expanding Coverage MAC Learning Collaborative is providing a forum for states and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to translate the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility and enrollment standards and processes required by the Affordable Care Act into program design options. Specific topics the group is addressing include:

  • Consumer communications and model notices;
  • Required and optional data elements for states' alternative applications; 
  • Verification plans;
  • Alternative benefit plan design options and considerations; and
  • Impacts of the Medicaid coverage expansion on pre-existing state coverage initiatives (such as 1115 waiver populations, the breast and cervical cancer programs, and family planning waivers).

Work products of the collaborative, designed to support state implementation, include analyses of state policy options, model processes or work flows, training materials for state staff, and templates for notices and forms.

Participating States

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

Facilitators and Subject Matter Experts

Lead Facilitators

  • Deborah Bachrach, Partner, Manatt Health Solutions
  • Melinda Dutton, Partner, Manatt Health Solutions

Lead Subject Matter Experts

  • Anne Marie Costello, Deputy Director, Children and Adults Health Programs Group, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Judith Cash, Director, Division of Eligibility, Enrollment & Outreach, Children and Adults Health Programs Group, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Meg Barry, Policy Advisor, Children and Adults Health Programs Group, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services