Medicaid Health Plans Are Critical To Covering Uninsured

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On Wednesday, July 25 at 1:00 pm EDT, Chief Executive Officers of Safety Net Health Plans (not-for profit, community-based health plans serving public health programs) will host an audio conference to unveil a new comprehensive report on state strategies to expand health insurance coverage.

The report, Medicaid Health Plans: A Turnkey Solution for Expanding Health Insurance Coverage for the Uninsured, focuses on California and Massachusetts -- two states that are breaking new ground toward expanding coverage to uninsured residents and attempting to set a trend for the rest of the nation to follow. These States have chosen to cover the low-income uninsured by building on the successful platform of the Medicaid managed care plans as opposed to subsidizing the uninsureds' purchase of commercial health insurance.

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At issue are how Massachusetts and California can stretch their resources and leverage successful strategies by using Medicaid health plans as turnkey operations to quickly, efficiently and economically provide coverage to low- income persons who may be churning on and off the Medicaid rolls or have other family members who are on Medicaid.

Subsidies for commercial coverage, on the other hand, do not address the cultural and linguistic needs of low-income beneficiaries nor are commercial plans held to the quality standards that are targeted to improving the health of low-income beneficiaries.

The briefing for press and health professional staff, is hosted by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP). The Association for Community Affiliated Plans is a national trade organization representing 34 non-profit safety net health plans that serve more than 4 million Americans in Medicare, Medicaid, and other public health programs.