Hospital Presumptive Eligibility

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Presumptive eligibility is a Medicaid policy option that permits states to authorize specific types of "qualified entities," such as federally qualified health centers, hospitals, and schools, to screen eligibility based on gross income and temporarily enroll eligible children, pregnant women, or both in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Presumptive eligibility serves a dual purpose of providing immediate access to needed health care services while putting people on a path to ongoing coverage. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) extends presumptive eligibility beyond children and pregnant women and expands the role of hospitals in determining eligibility presumptively. Given the current status of ACA implementation, presumptive eligibility may be an important tool to expedite access to coverage as states fine-tune their business processes and tweak new eligibility and enrollment systems.

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Date: Jan 2014
Author: Health Affairs