MACPAC Holds Public Meeting
National Council on Medicaid Homecare – a NAHC Affiliate - Attended the Meeting and Reports on the Most Relevant Topics
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC) held a public meeting on September 19 and 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. National Council on Medicaid Home Care (the Council) policy director, Michelle Martin, attended the relevant portions of the meeting.
MACPAC issues reports to Congress in March and June of each year. The September meeting was the Commission’s first meeting since issuing its June 2013 report to Congress. The meeting was to review the plan for the 2014 Report Cycle and to give the analysts working on the various topics some guidance on the particular issues the Commissioners would like to see reviewed in the next report. Two of the topics that were presented and may be included in the March 2014 report are of interest to the Council: Analyses of Medicaid Waiver Authorities: Emerging Themes, and Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports.
The discussion on Medicaid waiver authorities was brief but informative. Ben Finder, senior analyst for MACPAC, reviewed the work that MACPAC has done on waivers so far and explained the important issues. The waiver approval and renewal process, including the process timeline, waiver consolidation, and a path to permanency, as well as the budget neutrality requirement for waivers and the reporting and evaluation requirements have all been reoccurring themes in the Commission’s work. Within each of these areas, Mr. Finder posed a series of questions to the Commissioners, designed to elicit feedback that would guide the coming work on waivers.