The COVID-19 pandemic has driven record rises in Medicaid enrollment and substantial increases in total Medicaid spending. The forthcoming end of the Public Health Emergency — and the subsequent unwinding of additional federal funding for Medicaid and the requirement for continuous coverage — are expected to increase state costs and reduce enrollment. The effects of the unwinding of the Public Health Emergency will likely vary across states depending on how they approach the resumption of coverage renewals and what they do to help enrollees transition to other coverage.
At the same time, throughout the pandemic many states have focused on broader policy priorities, including improving equity and reducing health disparities, maintaining access by expanding telehealth, improving behavioral health access and supports, and addressing workforce challenges.
At Noon ET on Tuesday, October 25 KFF and the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) will hold a joint web briefing to discuss the latest trends in Medicaid enrollment and spending and highlight key Medicaid policy developments that states implemented in state FY 2022 or plan to implement in the current fiscal year.
The event will draw upon findings from KFF’s 22nd annual Medicaid budget survey. KFF will release two reports based on the survey that day. The first is an analysis of national trends in state Medicaid enrollment and spending. The second, completed in partnership with NAMD, presents detailed state-specific information on Medicaid policies and programs.
Robin Rudowitz, a Vice President at KFF, will moderate the briefing. Survey findings will be presented by co-authors Elizabeth Hinton, Associate Director for KFF’s Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and Kathy Gifford, a Principal at Health Management Associates, which helped conduct the survey. Dianne Hasselman, Interim Executive Director of NAMD, will offer a national perspective.
Three Medicaid directors will offer state perspectives:
- Allison Taylor, Medicaid Director for Indiana, and the President of NAMD’s Board of Directors
- Amanda Cassel Kraft, Assistant Secretary for MassHealth at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
- Juliet Charron, Medicaid Division Administrator at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Please RSVP to attend this web event.
Oct 25, 2022 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT