Capitol Correspondence - 03.31.20

MACPAC Goes Virtual for Its April Meeting – Topics Will Include COVID-19 and Automatic Financing Proposals

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As announced by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC), which serves as Congress’ research body on Medicaid:

“Per social distancing guidelines, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) will not physically meet in Washington, DC for our April 2020 meeting. Instead, please join us for a live webcast of the April meeting on Thursday April 2 from 10:00am–3:30pm EDT.

Most of the one-day meeting will be dedicated to reviewing and approving chapters that will be included in MACPAC’s June 2020 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP. The report will address issues affecting Medicaid beneficiaries at all stages of life, from Medicaid’s role in maternity care and the impact of substance use disorder on maternal and infant health, to integrating care for dually eligible beneficiaries and improving participation in the Medicare Savings Programs. The June report will also feature a chapter examining third-party liability coordination with TRICARE, which provides health care coverage for military personnel, military retirees, and their families. Votes on recommendations will be taken at the end of the day.

In addition, the Commission will discuss two other topics: considerations in designing automatic Medicaid financing changes in times of crisis, and an update on how Medicaid is responding at the state and federal levels to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration. Please sign up to attend the April 2020 MACPAC meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to join the webinar.

Public comments. MACPAC will request public comments at designated points during the webcast; please see the meeting agenda for more information. We also accept comments on a continuing basis through our website. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Also visit the MACPAC website to download our March 2020 report to Congress as well as two new contractor reports:

Follow us on Twitter @macpacgov to stay up to date on new publications, data updates, and meeting announcements.”