To help our HOPWA providers, Continuum of Care Program recipients, and related organizations keep up-to-date on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this listserv will feature an ACA Website of the Week. Each message will describe:
The specific information available on the website;
How that information relates to the needs of affordable housing and homeless providers; and
Target populations affected by the information.
ACA Website of the Week: Medicaid.gov
Medicaid.gov is a federal government website managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS – www.cms.gov
). This site is the official source of Medicaid information for all entities providing housing and/or services to people who are homeless, people living with HIV/AIDS, people with physical, intellectual or mental health disabilities, and people with substance use disorders.
This site includes detailed information about the federal Medicaid program rules and regulations. For example, under the Federal Policy tab on the website there is a current list and links to recent Medicaid regulations, State Medicaid Director Letters (which are used by CMS to provide guidance on specific topics to the designated single state agency administering Medicaid in each state), and Information Bulletins.
The site also has a tab for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that provides detailed information on the provisions and timeline for implementation of the ACA. The New and Noteworthy section on the front page provides real time updates on Medicaid policy developments, many of which reflect ACA Medicaid policy changes directly relevant to providers of housing and services for people who are homeless, living with HIV/AIDS or having disabilities. Under the State Resource Center tab there is a useful FAQ on ACA implementation related to Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
In addition, the Medicaid.gov site provides links to detailed information on each state’s Medicaid program. Information available via these links include: (a) website for state Medicaid agency; (b) state-specific eligibility information; (c) outline of Medicaid benefits included in the State Plan; (d) Medicaid plan amendments and waivers; and (e) state level data on the number of Medicaid enrollees, overall Medicaid payments, and the number and percent of Medicaid participants enrolled in managed care.
Finally, the Medicaid.gov website provides helpful links to eligibility information and assistance for regular Medicaid and CHIP, and information on locating Medicaid certified providers.