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Medicaid and CHIP (MAC) Learning Collaboratives

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Medicaid and CHIP Learning Collaboratives (MAC Learning Collaboratives) to achieve high-performing state health coverage programs, a goal that requires a robust working relationship among federal and state partners.

The MAC Learning Collaboratives are bringing together these partners to address common challenges and pursue innovations in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) policies and operations as well as broader state health coverage efforts.

Visit the MAC Learning Collaboratives State Toolbox  for products generated or used by the collaboratives, including technical assistance tools, state resources, and relevant background materials.

Learning Collaborative Focus Areas

Collaborative workgroups of state and federal officials are addressing topics that are critical for ensuring a solid health insurance infrastructure. Below are collaborative focus areas and broad goals; visit the links for more information on specific efforts.

  1. Expanding Coverage: Facilitate policy and operational discussions with states to effectively design eligibility, enrollment, and benefits policies and procedures under the new coverage imperatives of the Affordable Care Act.
  2. Federally Facilitated Marketplace: Provide a forum for states that are interfacing with the Federally Facilitated Marketplace to explore policy, technology, and operational issues related to eligibility and enrollment functionality.
  3. Data Analytics: Bring state and federal officials together to consider how data analytics can be used to evaluate Medicaid and CHIP outcomes, drive continuous improvement, and enhance transparency and accountability.
  4. Exchange Innovators: Provide a forum for states to explore key policy, technology, and operational issues they face in operating state-based marketplaces, while creating tools and artifacts to share with all states seeking to establish marketplaces.
  5. Value-Based Purchasing: Provide a forum for states and CMS partners to advance delivery system models that more effectively link payment to improved quality.
  6. Basic Health Program: Provide a forum to facilitate discussion among states and the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services to inform the development of Basic Health Program guidance and support program implementation.

Learning Collaborative Team

The MAC Learning Collaboratives activities are coordinated by Mathematica Policy Research, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), and Manatt Health Solutions, with additional assistance from external experts and in close association with CMS. Donna Cohen Ross, Director of Enrollment Initiatives and Stakeholder Engagement at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, is the CMS Project Lead for this national collaborative effort.

For Information

For additional information, contact Maggie Colby, Senior Health Researcher, at Mathematica Policy Research, at mcolby@mathematica-mpr.com.