Medicaid Council Attends MACPAC Meeting
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.