HTN friend & Medicaid nerd Dr. Lindsey Leininger helps us understand this Medicaid announcement
There’s been lots of buzz about the news this week on CMS’s new demonstration initiatives in Massachusetts and Oregon designed to keep children enrolled in Medicaid continuously up to age six:
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), approved groundbreaking Medicaid section 1115 demonstration initiatives in Massachusetts and Oregon. Both demonstrations aim to test improvements in coverage, access, and quality with innovative approaches to ensure more eligible people retain their Medicaid coverage, including by approving Oregon’s demonstration to keep children enrolled in Medicaid up to age six — preventing gaps in coverage that can cause children to lose access to needed care in their formative early years.
That certainly sounds like a meaningful program, right? If you’re like us, you might have a million questions about what it actually means and what sort of impact we should expect from this news. So in an attempt to better understand what’s going on here, we enlisted the help of HTN friend and Medicaid nerd, Dr. Lindsey Leininger, to help us make sense of the news. Lindsey is a health policy analyst and faculty director of the Center for Health Care at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Her policy experience spans Medicaid, pandemic response & preparedness, and child & family policy. She teaches courses at the intersection of health analytics, public health…