Medicaid Council Attends MACPAC Meeting
April 16, 2014 04:54 PM
On April 10, 2014, National Council on Medicaid Home Care (the Council) policy director, Michelle Martin, attended the public meeting of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC). During the meeting, the Commissioners heard a presentation on a draft chapter, intended for the June 2014 report to Congress, on long term services and supports (LTSS).
Authors of the draft chapter and MACPAC senior analysts, Angela Lello and Molly McGinn-Shapiro, explained the contents of the chapter which is intended to provide a foundation on LTSS to members of Congress. The chapter does not include any recommendations but instead lays out the fundamentals of Medicaid LTSS and the how the variation in state policy influences LTSS.
The Commissioners had an opportunity to comment and ask questions on the draft chapter. The majority of the comments and questions centered on ways to make the topic of LTSS easier for readers of the future report to Congress to comprehend. Whether the suggested changes will be made in time for the LTSS chapter to be included in the June 2014 report to Congress is currently unknown.
The chapter was originally intended to go in the March 2014 report but due to suggested changes from the Commissioners the chapter was delayed. It is possible that the chapter will again be delayed, which would mean the LTSS chapter would not be included until the March 2015 report to Congress.
Ms. Lello and Ms. McGinn-Shapiro will join the Council for its monthly “Call with the Experts” series on April 17, 2014. This is a regular call hosted by the Council where subject matter experts provide valuable information on crucial issues facing Medicaid home care.
During the call, Ms. Lello and Ms. McGinn-Shapiro will provide a brief outline of the work of the Commission, the Commission’s work on LTSS, and work on LTSS planned for the future. The call is open to all Council members and their staff. For more information on participating in the call, please contact Michelle Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.547.7424.