Integrated Care Resource Center

People who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits often have multiple chronic physical and behavioral health conditions, and many use long-term services and supports (LTSS). Unfortunately, a relatively high proportion of dually eligible individuals cycle in and out of Medicaid eligibility, often due to lack of response to state Medicaid renewal notices. This creates disruptions in coverage and care, which can result in adverse health outcomes and increased costs for individuals and states.

This technical assistance brief summarizes steps that states can take in partnership with Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) to: (1) prevent unnecessary Medicaid eligibility loss among dually eligible populations; and (2) mitigate the impact of temporary Medicaid eligibility losses among D-SNP enrollees when such losses occur.