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New MACPAC Report Spotlights Medicaid Managed Care

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New MACPAC Report Spotlights Medicaid Managed Care

June 20, 2011

Last week, the health care reform law-authorized Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) released its second report to Congress.

The commission’s newest report, Report to the Congress: The Evolution of Managed Care in Medicaid, can be found here. It provides the public with a baseline examination of Medicaid managed care, including information on enrolled populations, managed care plan arrangements, payment policy, access and quality, program accountability, program integrity and data.

The report contains the commission’s initial review of the current state of Medicaid managed care and its role in Medicaid, both nationally and at the state level and highlights trends in enrollment, noting that comprehensive risk-based managed care enrollment in Medicaid is growing and the populations covered is expanding to enrollees with disabilities. The report provides a detailed description of Medicaid managed care programs, which vary from state to state and among populations, and collects relevant statistics about the programs.

The 17-member commission was established in 2009 to advise Congress on such issues as access, eligibility, enrollment, and retention in Medicaid and CHIP.