Medicaid’s Role in the Health Benefits Exchange: A Road Map for States

This webinar outlines the multiple roles of the Medicaid program in the development and administration of state Health Benefit Exchanges being implemented under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With ACA’s enactment, Medicaid has completed its transition from a program linked to welfare to a major health insurer, becoming a lynchpin of the nation’s health insurance infrastructure. Looking ahead to 2014, Medicaid will be both an option in the continuum of health insurance coverage and an essential partner in developing, governing, and operating each state’s new health benefit exchange

Maximizing Enrollment, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded initiative for which NASHP serves as the National Program Office, will soon be releasing a paper that details the roles of the Medicaid program in state Health Benefit Exchanges. During the webinar, lead author Deborah Bacharach of Manatt Health Solutions will highlight opportunities for states to support and expand Medicaid’s current role in planning new state Exchanges in each of four areas:
  • Eligibility, Enrollment and Outreach;
  • Health Plan Standards and Requirements;
  • Benefit Package Design; and
  • Infrastructure: Governance, Operations and Finance.
Representatives from two states will provide their perspectives on the roles Medicaid is currently playing and will likely play in their implementation of Health Benefit Exchanges
  • Moderator: Alice Weiss, Co-Director, Maximizing Enrollment; Program Director, NASHP
  • Speaker: Deborah Bachrach, Special Counsel, Manatt Health Solutions
  • Federal Perspective: Victoria Wachino, Director, Children and Adults Health Programs Group, CMS
  • State Perspective: Toby Douglas, Director, California Department of Health Care Services
  • State Perspective: Gregg Pane, Director, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
  • State Perspective: Christopher Koller, Health Insurance Commissioner, State of Rhode Island


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