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Hot Issues in Health Care

Hot Issues in Health Care. Focus on Medicaid & SCHIP November 12, 2004 Martha King National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Health Program Director 303/856-1448 martha.king@ncsl.org. Medicaid “Experts”.

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Hot Issues in Health Care

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  1. Hot Issues in Health Care Focus on Medicaid & SCHIP November 12, 2004 Martha King National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Health Program Director 303/856-1448 martha.king@ncsl.org

  2. Medicaid “Experts” “While I can explain the meaning of life, I don’t dare try to explain how the Medicaid system works.”

  3. Medicaid Made Simple

  4. Medicaid: Why Should You Care? • 22% of Colorado’s total budget • Largest financing source for low-income (43% of federal allocations to states) • Pays half of U.S. nursing home costs • Covers 31% of U.S. population 85+ • Funds about 35% of U.S. births • Subsidizes care for the uninsured • Subsidizes graduate medical education

  5. Distribution of the Average State’s Budget for Health Services, 2001 Source: Milbank Memorial Fund, National Association of State Budget Officers and The Reforming States Group, 2000-2001 State Health Care Expenditure Report (New York: Milbank Memorial Fund, April 2003), http://www.milbank.org/reports/2000shcer/index.html

  6. Medicaid’s Role in the Health System, 2000 Total National Spending (billions) $1,130 $412 $422 $92 $122 SOURCE: Heffler, S. et al., 2002. Based on National Health Care Expenditure Date, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Actuary.

  7. Medicaid at a Glance • Federal/state program (55 variations) • Optional—large financial incentive • Federal gov’t pays 50% of CO’s services (Dollar for dollar match) • About $1.5 billion for Colorado

  8. Medicaid at a Glance Three programs in one: • A health insurance program for low-income parents (mostly mothers) and children • A funding source to provide services to people with significant disabilities • A long-term care program for the elderly “Medicaid makes Medicare work”

  9. Medicaid Perceptions One view: A black hole Another view: A cash cow

  10. People & Services Entitlement: all who qualify are eligible PEOPLE: Mandatory “categories” (e.g., children & PG women to 133% of poverty; SSI recipients) Optional (e.g., additional children & PG women; “medically needy”) SERVICES: Mandatory (e.g., hospital, nursing facility, physician, rural health clinics) Optional (e.g., Prescription drugs, hospice)

  11. Who’s Not Covered? Everybody else . . . Anyone not in a “category” • 700,000+ uninsured Coloradans • Adults without children or SSI eligibility • Parents who makes more than $6,111/year (family of 3) in Colorado (39% of poverty) • Elderly or people with disabilities who don’t meet SSI or other criteria • High medical users who don’t meet criteria • etc.

  12. Beneficiaries and Expenditures(2002 -- U.S. average) Enrollees51 million Expenditures*$210 billion

  13. Medicaid Expenditures Per Enrolleeby Acute and Long-Term Care, 2002 $12,764 $11,468 $1,948 $1,475 SOURCE: Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, January 2004

  14. “Waiver” Options • Comprehensive health reform 1115 waivers (e.g., DE, HI, MA, MN, OR, TN) • New twist: Utah’s 1115 waiver • Primary and preventive services only for adults to 150% of poverty • Specialized 1115 waivers • “Pharmacy Plus” — low-income senior prescription drug benefit (only) up to 200% poverty (IL, SC, WI approved) • “Discount-only” waiver — extend Medicaid drug price reductions to other populations (ME operating; court challenges) • Family planning services — extend post-partum time for family planning (and primary care)

  15. Medicaid: New Flexibility HIFA (Health Insurance Flexibility & Accountability initiative) —6 approved • Special 1115 demonstration waiver • Purpose: to expand health insurance coverage to the uninsured • Targeted to people below 200% of poverty

  16. Medicaid Expansions Pros and Cons Pros: • Federal share (50% in Colorado: $1 for $1) • Existing administration/provider network • New flexibility & options • “Better than nothing” for 700,000+ uninsured Cons: • Financing constraints (economy, TABOR, 6% limit) • Federal mandates (although getting better) • Potential “maintenance of effort” requirements • Colorado’s political climate: “less government”

  17. Medicaid Cost Savings/Cuts Typical: • Cut eligibility for optional people • Reduce or eliminate optional services • Freeze or reduce provider rates Other: • “Prudent purchaser” • Prevention/primary care • Disease management • LTC reforms

  18. Beware Unintended Consequences • Eligibility cuts may increase # of uninsured • Pharmaceutical cuts may result in adverse health conditions & resulting costs • Provider rate cuts could mean decreased access & increased emergency room visits • Cuts may result in cost-shifting (e.g., other programs without match, providers, local gov’t, insurance premiums) • Medicaid is a big contributor to the medical services economy

  19. Opportunities & Challenges • What are your goals? • Universal coverage? Universal access? • Healthy population? • More personal responsibility? • What is the appropriate role of government? • The private sector? • Individuals? • Are you getting what you pay for? • Services, quality, health status improvements? • How can you control (not shift) costs?

  20. SCHIP • State Children’s Health Insurance Program Children’s Health Plan Plus (CHP+) • Non-Medicaid insurance option • More flexibility than Medicaid expansion • 65% federal matching rate • Federal share $41.8 million in FY 2004-05 • State share $22.5 million • Covers kids under 19 to 185% poverty • Covers about 48,168 kids/month • Added PG women (est. 9,565/month)

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