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July 29, 2015

Medicaid at 50: New Rules for Eligibility and Enrollment

Until the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, a person’s eligibility for Medicaid was still determined by old welfare-based categories—children, parents caring for children, and pregnant women, among others. In the second post of our blog series marking the 50th anniversary of Medicaid, Cindy Mann and Deborah Bacharach explain how the ACA transformed Medicaid by ending these eligibility silos and revamping the program’s arduous eligibility and enrollment processes.

Today, Medicaid features a single application, uniform eligibility rules, and electronic verification systems. These, the authors say, “provide the backbone of a transformed Medicaid program and the foundation of the new coverage paradigm.”

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