March 18, 2020
The Medicare and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) released its March 2020 Report to Congress on Friday, March 13, 2020. MACPAC provides expert analyses of the Medicaid program related to payment, eligibility, coverage, access to care, and quality of care.
In the report, the Commission provides a summary analysis of the timeliness and quality of evaluation of Medicaid demonstrations. Section 1115 of the Social Security Act grants the federal government the ability to waive certain Medicaid requirements to permit states to test demonstration projects to improve the objectives of the program. The Commission found that while there is a certain emphasis placed on evaluating such demonstrations, many evaluations have not generated sufficient evidence to prove the appropriate quality of care standards are being met. However, the Commission does not identify any need for further legislative or regulatory action.
MACPAC is a non-partisan legislative branch agency that provides policy and data analysis and makes recommendations to Congress, the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the states on a wide array of issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The US Comptroller General appoints MACPAC’s 17 commissioners, who come from diverse regions across the United States and bring broad expertise and a wide range of perspectives on Medicaid and CHIP.