HHS boosts rate for Medicaid enrollment IT systems

States get 90 percent federal match for insurance exchange systems

The Health and Human Services Department will increase the Medicaid federal payment rates to states that upgrade their IT systems to create health insurance exchanges for enrollment under the health reform law.

HHS said the Medicaid payment rate for eligible systems would be 90 percent through 2015, up from 50 percent currently, according to a news release dated Nov. 3. After 2015, the rate would be 75 percent.

HHS published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on Nov. 3 describing the new program. States must meet performance standards and conditions to be eligible for the higher rates.


Related stories:

HHS offers widget for identifying health insurance choices

HHS to give states $1M each for insurance exchanges


The goal is to help states implement the Affordable Care Act that establishes health insurance exchanges for enrollment of people who qualify for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, tax credits or cost-sharing reductions under the law.

HHS officials also said they would provide guidance to help states design and implement the IT systems for the exchanges. On Oct. 29, HHS said funding would be available to five states that develop model insurance exchange IT systems that other states can copy.

HHS officials said the insurance exchanges must operate seamlessly with links between federal and state systems.

“Individuals will seek health care coverage without necessarily knowing whether they are looking for an exchange plan, a Medicaid or a CHIP plan,” Joel Ario, director of the HHS Office of Health Insurance Exchanges, said in the release.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

The Fed 100

Read the profiles of all this year's winners.

Featured

  • Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump at a 2016 campaign event. Image: Shutterstock

    'Buy American' order puts procurement in the spotlight

    Some IT contractors are worried that the "buy American" executive order from President Trump could squeeze key innovators out of the market.

  • OMB chief Mick Mulvaney, shown here in as a member of Congress in 2013. (Photo credit Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

    White House taps old policies for new government makeover

    New guidance from OMB advises agencies to use shared services, GWACs and federal schedules for acquisition, and to leverage IT wherever possible in restructuring plans.

  • Shutterstock image (by Everett Historical): aerial of the Pentagon.

    What DOD's next CIO will have to deal with

    It could be months before the Defense Department has a new CIO, and he or she will face a host of organizational and operational challenges from Day One

  • USAF Gen. John Hyten

    General: Cyber Command needs new platform before NSA split

    U.S. Cyber Command should be elevated to a full combatant command as soon as possible, the head of Strategic Command told Congress, but it cannot be separated from the NSA until it has its own cyber platform.

  • Image from Shutterstock.

    DLA goes virtual

    The Defense Logistics Agency is in the midst of an ambitious campaign to eliminate its IT infrastructure and transition to using exclusively shared, hosted and virtual services.

  • Fed 100 logo

    The 2017 Federal 100

    The women and men who make up this year's Fed 100 are proof positive of what one person can make possibile in federal IT. Read on to learn more about each and every winner's accomplishments.

Reader comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group