New York State 1115 Demonstration Independent Evaluation: Interim Report

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Liu, Harry H. [Browse]
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Book
Language
English
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Santa Monica, Calif. RAND Corporation 2021

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The broad goals of New York State's Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver are to enroll a majority of Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care, increase access and service quality, and expand coverage to more low-income New Yorkers. The RAND Corporation was competitively selected as the independent evaluator to assess two components under this 1115 Demonstration Waiver: the Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) program and the 12-month continuous eligibility policy, which guarantees enrollees Medicaid coverage regardless of changes in income in the 12 months after eligibility determination and enrollment. This final interim evaluation report examines whether these two components have helped achieve the program's goals. The RAND team's analyses show that the Demonstration has expanded access to managed care through mandatory MLTC enrollment and 12-month continuous eligibility. The team found no evidence of a significant change in patient safety or quality of care. The authors note that, although this means that there is no evidence the Demonstration achieved the goal of improving quality of care, increasing access without compromising quality of care is a success in its own right.
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New York State 1115 Demonstration Independent Evaluation
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  • 10.7249/RR-A951-1
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