Did you notice that during the current 2020 Open Enrollment Period (OEP), federal and state-based exchanges are publicly displaying their Five-Star Quality System (QRS) rating information on exchange health plans? The goal of the QRS is to increase transparency and competition by providing comparative information for consumers as they shop and select plans. The Centers…

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Fear and confusion have caused immigrants to disenroll from government programs or forgo benefits for which they are eligible. According to a December 2018 nationwide survey, about one in seven adults in immigrant families did not participate in a government program for fear of risking future green card status.1   What is causing this? “Public…

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There is a lot going on with Medicaid these days, but the biggest change may be with Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers for work or community engagement. We frequently read or hear the terms “work requirement” and “community engagement” interchanged. For the most part, they are the same type of requirement. A state makes the…

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Social determinants of health (1) as a measurement of a person’s, or a population’s, overall health emerged in the last decades of the 20th century and have now become a recognized metric in US healthcare delivery.   In the still-ongoing process of improving the overall access and quality levels in American healthcare, social determinants, or…

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