The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an updated report on enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) through May 2014. According to the report, recent enrollment data shows significant success at streamlining the Medicaid application process. Many states, including Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, and New York, have established online applications processes that enable many individuals to receive Medicaid eligibility determinations and begin receiving coverage within one day of their application.
This “real-time” eligibility determination process is only available to those who qualify for Medicaid based on their income and not to those who qualify for Medicaid based on disability. Nevertheless, this streamlined process will benefit many workers with disabilities who also qualify for Medicaid based on their incomes. Because continuous access to health care is necessary for many individuals with disabilities in order to enter and succeed in the workforce, increased availability of instantaneous or next-day coverage through Medicaid may improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Further data is necessary in order to measure the effect of Medicaid eligibility streamlining on access to health care and employment services among people with disabilities.
Download the full Medicaid and CHIP report: www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/wp-content/uploads/news-items/CMS-Medicaid-May-2014- Enrollment-Report.pdf