Should States Integrate Health Insurance Exchanges and Medicaid?

February 29, 2012

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  • By fully integrating Medicaid with their health insurance exchanges, states can reap numerous cost efficiencies in administration, enrollment strategies, consumer outreach and infrastructure.
  • Consumers will benefit from an integrated system, which will provide easier mobility and continuity of coverage across insurance options as incomes and eligibility fluctuate.
  • Although states will have great flexibility in integrating Medicaid and their exchanges, they will need federal assistance with tracking individuals newly eligible for Medicaid and using federally managed data to make eligibility determinations.