Private Market Options for Medicaid


As states decide whether and how to implement Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, much attention has focused on those states that are expanding coverage by using private funds in new ways.  In 2013, the Reforming States Group and the MMF held a state-to-state technical assistance meeting (click here for more information about these) for nine states interested in learning from three states about ways to use available ACA funds to enroll more people in Medicaid.

A second, one-on-one convening took place between Arkansas and Montana. Arkansas’ approved Medicaid waiver places almost all their Medicaid population in the commercial insurance market, except for a small group of people with complex medical conditions. Arkansas’ program, an interesting example of providing the same coverage to people of different income levels, was of particular interest to other states.