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Reports of Interest February 2014

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  • The National Governor’s Association released an issue brief titled The Role of Dental Hygienists in Providing Access to Oral Health Care. The brief examines the barriers to access of oral health care many low-income Americans face and how states are looking toward alternative provider models to address the issue. Specifically, the brief summarizes policies affecting dental hygienists and legislation states have enacted to leverage dental hygienists in an expanded capacity.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a report finding that between October and December 2013, more than 6.3 million individuals were determined eligible to enroll in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through state agencies and through state-based marketplaces. That includes 2.3 million people in December alone, an increase of over 20% from November. These numbers include both Medicaid and CHIP new eligibility determinations in states that have expanded coverage, determinations made on prior law and, in some states, Medicaid renewals and groups not affected by the Affordable Care Act. These numbers do not include Medicaid eligibility determinations made through the federally facilitated marketplaces. The Affordable Care Act provides states with new opportunities to expand their Medicaid programs to meet the needs of more uninsured residents. In states that expand coverage, most individuals with incomes up to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level, or $15,282 for an individual and $31,322 for a family of four, will be eligible for Medicaid coverage that began January 1, 2014. December determinations were 73% higher in states that chose to expand Medicaid, compared to -1% in states that rejected the expansion.