The scope of homelessness and
housing insecurity as an issue is substantial. According to the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development 2019 point-in-time estimates, approximately
568,000 people around the country are homeless on any one night. Around
two-thirds stay in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs. The
remaining third reside in unsheltered settings.
Policy makers and Medicaid
administrators realize the value in achieving housing security for Medicaid
beneficiaries as a means of improving health outcomes and decreasing high-cost
healthcare services. Housing security is a social determinant of health,
playing a major role in influencing a person’s health and well-being. To that
end, the federal and state governments are pursuing ways to provide Medicaid
beneficiaries with a variety of housing-related services.
In this brief, Milliman’s actuaries and consultants explore the flexibilities available under Medicaid to address homelessness and housing insecurity, including Section 1115 Demonstrations Waivers and the new Healthy Adult Opportunity.
In September 2019, the State of Tennessee, Division of
Tenncare, released a draft version of Amendment 42 to its Section 1115
Demonstration Waiver, “Tenncare II Demonstration.” With the exception of
pharmacy and certain waiver services, the vast majority of Tennessee’s Medicaid
program services are funded under this Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver
authority. Amendment 42 makes Tennessee the first state to take concrete steps
to engage the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in a proposed block
grant funding methodology.
A block grant funding arrangement is attractive from a
federal financing perspective because it establishes an authorized level of
spending, creating an incentive for states to better control costs. States
could also find this structure attractive because it includes a savings
component if efficient management of the program produces costs below the
authorized spending levels.
This paper by Milliman’s Jeremy Cunningham and Mat DeLillo discusses the risks and considerations of changing Medicaid’s funding formula to a general block grant structure.
In this article, Milliman consultants Jeremy Cunningham, Maureen Tressel Lewis, and Paul Houchens summarize new regulatory requirements for Medicaid encounter data from the final managed care rule. The authors also identify best practices for state Medicaid agencies and managed care entities in the development and submission of encounter data. Additionally, they discuss how improvements to the quality of Medicaid managed care encounter data may change the industry.
Join Milliman’s Jeremy Cunningham, Maureen Tressel Lewis, and Paul Houchens for the webinar “Medicaid encounter data standards” on Wednesday, June 1, at 12 pm EST. They will provide an overview of encounter data standards and the implications of the final Medicaid managed care rule for state Medicaid agencies and managed care entities. The webinar follows a paper published recently about encounter data standards. To register, click here.
Approximately one in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In July 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a letter to state Medicaid directors advising that treatment for ASD should be considered covered under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. Historically, treatment of ASD has been confined to Medicaid waivers. The main emphasis of CMS’s guidance encourages each individual state to submit a state plan amendment, detailing how it will provide ASD treatment services. From a fiscal and rate-setting perspective, there are numerous challenges with the CMS guidance on ASD treatment. Milliman’s Matthew DeLillo, Paul Houchens, and Jeremy Cunningham provide some considerations for states developing an autism spectrum disorder treatment delivery system in this Medicaid briefing paper.