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Feb, 2012

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released the annual 50-state survey of Medicaid and CHIP eligibility rules, enrollment and renewal procedures and cost sharing practices.  The survey was conducted by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured with Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.  

Results found that despite state fiscal pressures, eligibility policies remained stable in nearly all state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) during 2011.  Moreover, many states used technology to increase program efficiency and streamline enrollment, while simplfying the steps for families to enroll in and renew coverage.  The "maintenance of eligibility" requirement in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also played a key role for continued state improvement and modernization of Medicaid and CHIP programs.  These actions have not only helped states deal with the current pressures, but have also helped lay the groundwork for the coverage expansions and new enrollment requirements that will take effect in 2014.  

To download the full report click here