Friday Five: Midterm election results will increase number of individuals eligible for Medicaid
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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about how the midterm results will impact Medicaid, early numbers for open enrollment, and a cost of living increase for seniors and veterans.
The General Services Administration (GSA) has selected MAXIMUS as the first vendor for its new contact center services acquisition special item number (SIN). According to FedScoop, the SIN is designed to help centralize purchasing for technology and citizen engagement solutions. MAXIMUS Federal has been supporting the GSA’s development of the SIN for several years and we are excited to leverage our expertise to improve ease and efficiency of contact center services.
The midterm elections earlier this week could potentially expand Medicaid coverage to 500,000 individuals. According to Vox, three states (Idaho, Nebraska, and Ohio) passed initiatives to expand Medicaid, two states (Kansas and Maine) elected governors that are likely to expand Medicaid, and Wisconsin elected a governor that is expected not to implement previously planned Medicaid work requirements.
The Kaiser Family Foundation reports on the midterm results related to Medicaid expansion. Along with the results from the states above, the article also labels Alaska and Georgia as states to watch and reports on results from Montana, where a ballot measure to raise tobacco taxes and remove a 2019 expiration date for Medicaid expansion failed.
More than 370,000 people signed up for health insurance coverage using Healthcare.gov, the federal Affordable Care Act exchange, during the first three days of open enrollment. Healthcare Finance reports that in 2018, which had lower total enrollment numbers than the previous two years, more than 600,000 people signed up in the first four days. The majority of enrollees were returning customers.
Cost of living increase will impact 62 million Social Security recipients and 8 million disabled veterans. The Social Security Administration announced a 2.8 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2019. This is the largest COLA increase in seven years. According to this blog in the Empire Press, the COLA will apply to 62 million Social Security recipients and more than 8 million Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.