Closing the Coverage Coordination Gap for Dual Eligibles

Persons dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are among the highest need populations in either program. However, a lack of coordination between these programs makes it difficult for individuals enrolled in both to navigate between the two, and adds to the overall cost of both programs. Given that dual eligible beneficiaries are more likely to have complex clinical care needs and lower incomes, this population needs a different level of services and supports than the general Medicare beneficiary population.

This briefing provided a brief landscape of the dual eligible population and the challenges they face when seeking comprehensive coverage and care. Attendees learned about the spectrum of integration of the Medicare and Medicaid programs on behalf of this population, and defined what success looks like in an integrated plan.

Speakers:

  • Sarah Barth, J.D., Principal, Health Management Associates
  • Denny Chan, J.D., Directing Attorney, Equity Advocacy, Justice in Aging
  • Allison Rizer, MHS, MBA, Principal, ATI Advisory
  • Sarah J. Dash, MPH, President and CEO, Alliance for Health Policy (moderator)