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. Products developed or used by the Collaborative include:
Cost Sharing, Premiums, & Premium Assistance
These resources summarize federal premium and cost sharing requirements for Medicaid, illustrate states’ experiences with monitoring consumer cost sharing and premium payments, and present policy and operational considerations for states pursuing Medicaid premium assistance in the employer-sponsored insurance market.
- Strategies to track beneficiary cost sharing February 2016
- Medicaid premium assistance for employer-sponsored insurance January 2015
- Cost sharing and premium rules for Medicaid November 2014
Eligibility & Verification
Information and tools to assist states in implementing relevant eligibility requirements and eligibility-related notice requirements. The model notices are not intended to provide policy guidance on state Medicaid/CHIP program design.
Real Time Eligibility
Model Eligibility Notices Toolkit
- State toolkit guide August 2013
- Tool 1 – Statutory and regulatory review August 2013
- Tool 2 – Key messages menu set August 2013
- Tool 3 – Notices content template August 2013
- Tool 4 – Model notices August 2013
Guidance for Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility Workers
- Affordable Care Act overview: a primer November 2013
- Household composition and income eligibility detailed rules November 2013
- MAGI 2.0: Building MAGI Knowledge
- Federal requirements and state flexibilities for verifying eligibility criteria May 2012
Hospital Presumptive Eligibility
Information and tools to assist states in implementing hospital presumptive eligibility – whereby hospitals can immediately enroll patients who are likely eligible under a state’s Medicaid eligibility guidelines for a temporary period of time.
- Hospital Presumptive Eligibility model application and memorandum of understanding February 2014
- Model application form February 2014
- Federal single streamlined application with required items marked for presumptive eligibility February 2014
- Model memorandum of understanding February 2014
- Resources for implementing the HPE Program December 2013
- Frequently asked questions January 2014
- Training template for qualified hospitals December 2013
- Form templates for hospitals December 2013
- Implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s Hospital Presumptive Eligibility option: considerations for states November 2013
Medicaid & CHIP Renewals & Coverage Transitions
Information to assist states in meeting regulatory requirements for renewing eligibility, facilitating a streamlined renewal process using the Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) methodology, and effectuating seamless coverage transitions as people move between Medicaid, CHIP, and the Marketplace.
- Updates to the draft model renewal form September 2015
- Medicaid/CHIP renewals: state practices, lessons learned, and opportunities August 2015
- Streamlining Medicaid and CHIP renewals July 2014
- Coverage transitions in 1115 demonstration states July 2013
- Example Medicaid renewal form July 2013
- Model renewal form and considerations in 2013-2014 July 2013
Single Streamlined Application Guidance
Resources and tools to assist states implementing the requirement that each state develop a single, streamlined application that serves as a single point of entry for individuals to be determined eligible for Medicaid, CHIP, and Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTC)/Cost Sharing Reductions (CSR).
- Integrated human services application analysis June 2013
- High-level summary chart June 2013
- Cross-walk of model application June 2013
Additional resources developed through this Collaborative are available to state officials through the Collaborative Application Lifecycle Tool (CALT).