June 19—The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) has issued its June 2013 report to Congress, which examines several key policy issues, including eligibility and coverage for maternity services under Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  

According to the report, Medicaid and CHIP paid for almost half of all births in the United States in 2010, representing about 1.8 million hospital births. The report looks at how the coming Medicaid expansion and the potential for churning between insurance coverage options that is anticipated with the Affordable Care Act will affect eligibility and coverage for maternity services.

The report further addresses the newly implemented increase in Medicaid physician payment for primary care services, discussing challenges with implementing the provision, identifying eligible providers, and making necessary system modifications. 

Publication Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013