Federal Government seeks feedback on barriers to health care access and coverage for underserved families and communities

March 1, 2022 by Mountain Family

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking to develop and implement a comprehensive access strategy for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Using regulations and guidance, along with other tools, CMS will set forth a multifaceted approach to help ensure equitable access to health care for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries across all care delivery systems. There are a wide range of barriers to accessing Medicaid and CHIP covered services, including long-term services and supports (LTSS), which include institutional care and home and community-based services (HCBS).  The barriers vary from people being unaware they are eligible for a program or service to issues with applications and eligibility determinations, beneficiary retention, provider participation, and the appeals and grievance processes. A comprehensive access strategy will enable CMS to better monitor and take action to ensure more equitable access for all Medicaid and CHIP populations. This Request for Information (RFI) is one of the first steps CMS is taking to develop its comprehensive access strategy. Examples of additional activities include interviews with subject matter experts, roundtables with a wide range of stakeholders, and internal regulatory gap analyses.

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