Enrollment in 2014: What’s at Stake for States
On June 14, 2010, the Obama Administration’s HIT Policy Committee Enrollment Workgroup held a hearing on enrollment issues facing states as they prepare for the Medicaid expansion in 2014. Among the invited speakers at the hearing was Alice Weiss, Deputy Director of the Maximizing Enrollment for Kids Program at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP).
In her testimony, Ms. Weiss shared information on the status of state enrollment and retention systems today. She noted that “implementing the breadth and scope of simplification standards contemplated in ACA will require substantial change for most states,” adding that the rate of adoption of electronic tools for enrollment and retention is relatively low in most states. Her testimony identified opportunities and challenges for states as they prepare for the changes ahead, noting that state eligibility systems are often antiquated and would require expensive and complex “work-arounds” to adapt.
Ms. Weiss also outlined a vision of what the future of state enrollment and retention systems should look like and offered suggestions for how the HIT Policy Committee Enrollment Workgroup can accelerate progress toward these goals.
Additional materials from the June 14th meeting and those that have followed are available online.
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