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April 2020 Public Meeting

Per social distancing guidelines, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) did not physically meet in Washington, DC for the April 2, 2020 meeting. Instead, the meeting was held via live webcast from 10:00am–3:30pm EDT.

Most of the one-day meeting was dedicated to reviewing and approving chapters and recommendations that will be included in MACPAC’s June 2020 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP. The report will address issues affecting Medicaid beneficiaries at all stages of life, from Medicaid’s role in maternity care and the impact of substance use disorder on maternal and infant health, to integrating care for dually eligible beneficiaries and improving participation in the Medicare Savings Programs. The June report will also feature a chapter examining third-party liability coordination with TRICARE, which provides health care coverage for military personnel, military retirees, and their families. The Commission approved all recommendations as drafted at the end of the day.

In addition, the Commission discussed two other topics: considerations in designing automatic Medicaid financing changes in times of crisis, and an update on how Medicaid is responding at the state and federal levels to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. Integrating Care for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries: Overview of Chapters 1 and 2 of the June 2020 Report
  2. Improving Participation in the Medicare Savings Programs: Recommendation for the June Report to Congress
  3. Coordination of Benefits with TRICARE
  4. Review of Chapters for June Report: Medicaid’s Role in Maternity Care; Substance Use Disorder and Maternal and Infant Health
  5. Considerations in Designing Automatic Medicaid Financing Changes in Times of Crisis
  6. Medicaid’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic