Flexibility and Innovation in Medicaid

During this briefing, experts will detail the landscape of diverse coverage policies and benefit designs states are pursuing in their Medicaid programs and discuss the impact of these innovations on beneficiaries and the health care delivery system.

Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-106

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Public Briefing

States have significant flexibility to tailor their Medicaid programs within parameters established by the federal government. The Trump administration has altered these parameters allowing states to pursue changes to their Medicaid programs that previous administrations did not allow, including the establishment of work and community engagement requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility. In response to political constraints, states are also leveraging new mechanisms to alter their Medicaid programs. During this briefing, experts will detail the landscape of diverse coverage policies and benefit designs states are pursuing in their Medicaid programs and discuss the impact of these innovations on beneficiaries and the health care delivery system.

Panelists: 

  • Thomas Barker, J.D., partner, co-chair, Healthcare Practice, Foley Hoag, LLP
  • Cynthia Beane, MSW, LCSW, commissioner, West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services
  • Leonardo Cuello, J.D., director, Health Policy, National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
  • Cindy Gillespie, director, Arkansas Department of Human Services
  • Calder Lynch, senior counselor, Office of the Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Moderated by Sarah J. Dash, president and chief executive officer of the Alliance for Health Policy, and Rachel Nuzum, MPH, vice president of Federal and State Health Policy at The Commonwealth Fund.

 

The Alliance for Health Policy gratefully acknowledges the support of The Commonwealth Fund for this event.