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Mass would face additional costs or see uninsured rise if CHIP funding runs out
April 09, 2015
Massachusetts would face additional costs or see uninsured rise if CHIP funding runs out, according to report authored by UMass Medical School

If Congress does not extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Massachusetts would spend millions to continue insurance coverage for 130,000 children, according to a report authored by UMass Medical School and released April 7 by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

The Center's Purpose

UMass Medical School's Center for Health Care Financing is dedicated to helping state-run health and human service agencies enhance operations and save public resources. Learn more about our mission in a message from our Director.

We are distinguished by:

  • Our determination, as public employees, to protect resources and create sustainable solutions for health care financing
  • Our focus on saving and recapturing state and local health care dollars
  • Our staff's financial and progammatic expertise and extensive experience at state Medicaid agencies

Ensure Payment Accuracy

Finding and correcting overcharges and other discrepancies in Medicare Buy-In payments can help states recover revenue, reduce costs, and make sure beneficiaries receive appropriate federal benefits.

Reconciling these payments involves working with complex data and understanding entitlement and billing issues — then interacting with CMS and SSA to come to resolution. Without close review, overcharges can persist for months, or even years.

Learn more about identifying and correcting overcharges in Medicare Buy-In payments.

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March 31, 2015

Growing a successful and sustainable partnership between a public university and a state’s Medicaid-financed health and human service agency is an enviable goal. This issue brief describes the challenges public universities and state Medicaid agencies face in creating partnerships, and discusses methods and recommendations to make it happen.