The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded seven grants to support policy-relevant studies examining how states and managed care organizations are working to identify and respond to Medicaid enrollees’ social needs.
In a Health Affairs blog post, Susan Kennedy and Sunita Krishnan of AcademyHealth outline Medicaid’s pivotal role in providing maternal health services and highlight state efforts that go beyond access to care to address maternal health.
Guest authors from AcademyHealth organizational affiliate, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, discuss findings from a recent survey.
Substance Use Disorder continues to be a focus of waiver activity in the states as research provides insights on what’s working and what’s not in Medicaid innovation. Meanwhile, work requirement policies are being both suspended and increased across various states.
States Experiment with Cross State Comparison to Evaluate Medicaid Waivers for Substance Use Disorder Services
Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia employed several innovative evaluation strategies to conduct cross-state comparisons for insights around both the impact and implementation of 1115 waivers.
AcademyHealth awarded one of its 2019 Health Services Research (HSR) Impact Award to a body of work that extends far beyond standard evaluation to provide empirical guidance on many issues from risk adjustment to unintended impacts to importance of participation.
Despite Stable Individual Health Insurance Markets, Accessibility and Affordability Challenges Remain
Summarizing expert discussion at a September 2019 meeting, this brief highlights the current state-of-the-research on the individual health insurance market, such as trends in market stability and what policies are working to make individual coverage more accessible and affordable.
Results from an AcademyHealth investigation highlight four shared Medicaid policy priorities across 22 states: substance use disorder, behavioral health integration, maternal mortality, and social determinants of health.
Targeting Justice-Involved Populations through 1115 Medicaid Waiver Initiatives: Implementation Experiences of Three States
Stakeholders in the three study states, Illinois, Texas and Washington, identified both pros and cons to conducting programs for justice-involved populations within the framework and requirements of a Section 1115 waiver.
The University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Kaiser Family Foundation leveraged the AcademyHealth’s Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network to profile the epidemic in six states along several measures not available in public data.