Announcements December 12 Webinar: Planning a Financial Impact Analysis for the ACA Medicaid Expansion
The National Conference of State Legislatures and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Network initiative will host a webinar on Wednesday, December 12, at 2:00 p.m. EDT to discuss an approach for assessing the costs and cost savings associated with the ACA Medicaid expansion. Elizabeth Lukanen, Senior Research Fellow at SHADAC, and Carolyn Ingram, Senior Vice President at the Center for Health Care Strategies, will present a new toolkit developed to help states conduct this assessment. Sign up here.
20th Anniversary of MinnesotaCare
The Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota hosted a celebration on November 27, 2012, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the landmark legislation that created MinnesotaCare. SHADAC Director Lynn Blewett was one of several health policy experts who spoke at the event, discussing the future of MinnesotaCare in the current era of health reform. Read the StarTribune article about the event: “State health plan faces new future.”
“Economic Impacts of Medicaid Expansion on Missouri,” developed by researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, estimates that Missouri would see a 46.4 percent drop in its uninsurance rate with a full ACA Medicaid expansion.
Data Updates American Community Survey (ACS): 5-Year Estimates and 3-Year PUMS Files
The U.S. Census Bureau released summary tabulations from the ACS for the combined five-year period from 2007 to 2011, with enough sample to create estimates for areas with populations of less than 20,000 people, down to the census tract level, for a variety of measures including income, employment, and education. Five-year estimates for health insurance coverage will be available with next year’s series.
Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Releases 2010 National Emergency Department Sample (NEDS)
The 2010 NEDS is now available from HCUP. The NEDS is the largest all-payer ED Database in the United States, yielding national and state estimates of emergency department (ED) visits and containing information about geographic, hospital, patient, and visit characteristics. Select aggregate statistics from the 2010 NEDS can be access via HCUPnet. A trends query for NEDS has been added to HCUPnet, providing national trends on stays and diagnoses from 2006 to 2010.
Resources International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP): 2012 Post-Election Employer Survey
The IFEBP 2012 Post-Election Survey of employers found that 84 percent of employer respondents very likely will or definitely will continue to provide employer-sponsored health insurance for all full-time employees when the ACA Health Insurance Exchanges are up and running. The survey was administered on December 3-4, 2012, and responses were received from 593 plan administrators, trustees and organizational representatives representing a comprehensive range of organizations with respect to size, sector, and region.
Urban Institute Medicaid/CHIP Participation Rates for Children and Parents A new report from the Urban Institute using data from the 2008/2009 American Community Survey (ACS) finds that nationwide participation rates for eligible children reached almost 86 percent, with participation rates reaching 90 percent or more in 14 states. Participation rates were lower for parents at the national level, at 65.5 percent, and children participate at higher rates than parents in each state, with the percentage-point difference between the two groups for participation ranging from 36.0 in Arkansas to 4.7 in Massachusetts.
Government Accountability Office (GAO): Medicaid Access at the State Level
The U.S. GAO released a report on state-level issues that can affect Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to care. The analysis uses data from a web-based survey of Medicaid officials in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five largest U.S. territories, along with data from the 2009 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the 2008 and 2009 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). The authors note that most states reported decreasing or maintaining Medicaid application processing times since 2008, with a median current reported processing time of 25 calendar days.
New Briefs from Kaiser 2012 Employer Health Benefit Survey “Premiums, Cost-Sharing and Coverage at Public, Private and Non-Profit Employers” examines the differences in the health insurance being offered by private firms, public firms, and non-profits. The report finds that, on average, workers at private firms were enrolled in plans with less expensive total premiums (i.e., worker and employer contributions taken together), but they were responsible for a larger premium share and higher cost-sharing requirements than their counterparts at public and non-profit firms.
SHADAC is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help states monitor rates of health insurance coverage and to understand factors associated with uninsurance. Visit us online at www.shadac.org
SHARE is a National Program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fund, synthesize and disseminate evaluations of state health reform. SHARE operates out of SHADAC. For more information, visit SHARE's web site,www.statereformevaluation.org.
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