Research Report CHIPRA Express Lane Eligibility Evaluation: Case Study of Alabama’s Express Lane Eligibility
Margaret Wilkinson, Brigette Courtot, Ian Hill
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With Express Lane Eligibility (ELE), a state’s Medicaid and CHIP programs can rely on another agency’s eligibility findings to qualify children for health coverage. This report examines the ELE program in Alabama, which builds new linkages between Medicaid and two other public benefits programs—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The state implemented ELE using a phased-in approach to build strong support over time for the new policy. Thus far, the ELE processes, (which include automatic renewal, among others) have resulted in significant administrative savings through increased efficiency, and have improved the processes of applying for and maintaining Medicaid coverage.
Research Areas Health and health care Children and youth
Tags Federal health care reform Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  State Children's Health Insurance Program Children's health and development Maternal, child, and reproductive health
Policy Centers Health Policy Center