Opinion: Advocates should work with states to best utilize Medicaid Final Rule enrollment changes

May 31, 2016

This analysis of Medicaid managed care plan changes by Families USA examines updated standards affecting the enrollment process. It suggests the changes, including how information is provided to individuals, significantly improve enrollment and navigation of the Medicaid managed care system. It adds that the updated requirements provide an opportunity for advocates and enrollment assistants to work with their states to secure meaningful investments in outreach, enrollment, and consumer education. Further, it contends that states have a great amount of flexibility when implementing requirements. The analysis recommends advocates work with states to optimize requirements into meaningful changes with consumer understanding and support in-person assistance a priority.