PCC and Better Health – NOW Campaign submit comments on Medicaid eligibility and enrollment proposed rule

In a letter submitted November 8, PCC and the Better Health-NOW Campaign commented on specific provisions of a Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and enrollment proposed rule aimed at enhancing continuity of primary care and reducing cost-sharing barriers.

Health coverage disruptions, and cost barriers can disrupt the continuity of care that is essential to quality primary care and improved health outcomes, especially for the vulnerable individuals and families who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP.

The letter offers specific support for:

  • Streamlined eligibility and redetermination in Medicaid and CHIP
  • Improved eligibility processes for Medicare Savings Programs, which defray Medicare premium and cost sharing costs
  • Prohibitions on lock-outs and waiting periods in state CHIP programs

The letter goes on to recommend broader improvements urgently needed to enhance primary care investment and support behavioral health integration in Medicaid and CHIP.

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