Supporting and improving Medicaid

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BCBS companies provide coverage for more than 7 million people in 24 states and Puerto Rico through Medicaid and CHIP, and are addressing the unique and complex health challenges they face.

Medicaid beneficiaries have a HIGH RATE OF CHRONIC CONDITIONS and mental health issues.

Source: American Journal of Preventative Medicine. “Prevalence and Medical Costs of Chronic Diseases Among Adult Medicaid Beneficiaries.” 2017.

Medicaid COVERS PEOPLE WITH DIVERSE MEDICAL NEEDS, including 1.8 million elderly and disabled Americans in Medicaid Managed Care.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “The Growth of Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Programs: 2017 Update.” Jan 2018.

Medicaid supports mothers and children, financing roughly HALF OF ALL BIRTHS IN THE U.S.

Source: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. “Implementing Coverage and Payment Initiatives.” Oct 2016.

BCBS COMPANIES SUPPORT THREE STRATEGIES TO ENSURE CONTINUED FLEXIBILITY AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR MEDICAID SO STATES CAN PROPERLY INVEST IN IMPROVEMENTS

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SUPPORT FLEXIBILITY

Give states the flexibility to tailor programs that meet the needs of their diverse population faster and more efficiently.

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PROMOTE TRANSPARENCY

Require states to be transparent and ensure adequacy of payments in Medicaid Managed Care.

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ADDRESS SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

Allow Medicaid to pay for programs that address social determinants through existing federal funding.

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BCBS companies serve the needs of Medicaid beneficiaries through Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).
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