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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Offers States Easier Medicaid Enrollment Options

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a letter to state Medicaid directors and health officials on May 17, offering states the option of using targeted strategies to identify and enroll low-income adults newly eligible for Medicaid under the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the letter offers states five targeted enrollment strategies to more efficiently identify and enroll this newly eligible adult population:

  1. Implementing the early adoption of Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)-based rules;
  2. Extending the Medicaid renewal period so that renewals that would otherwise occur during the first quarter of calendar year (CY) 2014 (January 1, 2014 – March 31, 2014) occur later; 
  3. Enrolling individuals into Medicaid based on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility; 
  4. Enrolling parents into Medicaid based on children’s income eligibility; andAdopting 12-month continuous eligibility for parents and other adults.
  5. Adopting 12-month continuous eligibility for parents and other adults.