Friday Five: States and territories use technology to track Medicaid, child support, veteran services

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August 03, 2018
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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about Medicaid’s anniversary, electronic verification systems, child support registries, employment services to aid the opioid crisis, and revamping the VA’s online portal.

1. 53 years later, Medicaid still providing comprehensive, high-quality care

Medicaid celebrated its 53rd anniversary earlier this week. In this blog from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the author makes the case that Medicaid has long-term benefits to recipients and provides high-quality care and access to regular healthcare providers more efficiently and cost-effectively than private insurance.

2. Ohio passes on option to delay controversial Medicaid ‘electronic verification’ systems

Ohio has decided to move ahead with an electronic verification system for Medicaid services that repurposes GPS-enabled cellphones. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the system has been widely criticized on the grounds of technological issues, invasion of privacy, lack of communication and training, and concerns that the disabled community will be unable to use it. States must implement some form of electronic verification by 2020.

3. Employers urged to help OAG Child Support Office

The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory, is implementing a registry similar to what already exists in the majority of U.S. states and territories. According to the Saipan Tribune, the New Hire Law’s requirement that employers report employee information within 20 days of the hire date is expected to help the territory better collect child support from non-custodial parents.

4. Workforce Snohomish receives $2.4 million to build pathway from opioid crisis to employment

The opioid crisis is not only impacting health, but also employment opportunities. My Edmonds News reports on several organizations in Washington state that recently received a grant from the Department of Labor to help address this issue by providing career and support services, as well as transitional employment, for anyone impacted by the epidemic.

5. VA is rethinking its entire online presence

According to NextGov, the Veterans Affairs Department is looking for developers to help consolidate their websites into one user-friendly online portal. Currently, veterans must visit different websites for specific benefits and information, but the redesign is aiming to streamline the process into a one-stop shop. The first version is expected to launch this fall.