Proposed Rules Fast-track State Efforts in Streamlining and Coordinating Coverage for Children and Families under the ACA – Say Ahhh! A Children’s Health Policy Blog

Successful state strategies in streamlining eligibility and
coordinating enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP are the heart and soul of the
latest round of proposed regulations issued for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While
we’re still wading through the three sets of proposed rules released today by
CMS, it’s clear that these regulations take a number of positive steps forward
to remove administrative barriers to coverage and reduce churning.

The ACA’s vision for seamless, coordinated coverage is
reflected in the details of the regulation and answer a number of questions
states have as they move forward in building the important IT systems that will
support these goals.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be writing more about these
details, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, we applaud CMS for taking the lessons
learned in covering kids – that have enabled our nation to provide coverage for
a historic high 90% of America’s children – and applying those lessons going
forward to fulfill the promise of the ACA for families.

Child health advocates can be proud of the fact that our
collective efforts on the past decade and more in tackling red tape and
focusing on the importance of retention has paid off in a big way.

The full regulations can be found here:

But if you’re looking for cliff notes, here are several
related factsheets:

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