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  • Washington Highlights

    MACPAC Releases June Report

    Jason Kleinman, Senior Legislative Analyst, Govt. Relations

    The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) June 15 released its June 2016 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP. The commission did not make any recommendations in its June report.

    The report focuses on Medicaid spending and financing and reflects concerns among some policymakers about the growth and sustainability of the program as it becomes a larger share of both federal and state budgets. This is in response to congressional committee chairs with an interest in Medicaid who tasked the commission to develop a long-term work plan to analyze and evaluate financing reforms that would reduce federal and state outlays.

    The first three chapters of the report examine trends in Medicaid spending, state actions to ensure the program’s sustainability, and alternative approaches to change federal financing. The final chapter addresses functional assessment tools that Medicaid programs use to determine functional eligibility for long-term services and supports (LTSS) as well as specific care plans for eligible individuals.