Read my Brookings Paper!

After months of hard work, my 50-page paper for the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project is finally finished! Click here to learn about my proposed policy of Effortless Enrollment, an innovative strategy to use existing information to enroll millions of uninsured, low-income families while saving about $3.2 billion in administrative costs each year. Hopefully you’ll see it included in health care reform this year…

Also, if you’re around DC this summer, stop by a Senate briefing that I’m doing on June 1st!

Full abstract below the fold:

Traditional, paper-based enrollment strategies have failed to reach nearly 10 million uninsured Americans who are eligible for Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) but are not enrolled. Automatic enrollment, the process of electronically identifying eligible beneficiaries and enrolling them by default, is a promising new strategy that can help close these gaps. The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) authorizes a new state option for automatic enrollment, which, if implemented to the fullest extent, can be the basis for covering nearly all eligible families in an effortless enrollment system that does not require any forms to be submitted by the beneficiary.

This paper proposes a policy of effortless enrollment that uses existing information from the tax system and other secure government databases to enroll eligible families in Medicaid and SCHIP without the need for those families to complete an application or renewal form. States already use tax data to verify eligibility in public programs, so using this information to determine eligibility promises to be both accurate and feasible. If fully realized, the effortless enrollment policy is expected to cover more than 8 million uninsured children and adults, while saving about $3.2 billion in administrative costs each year.

By examining enrollment in Medicaid and SCHIP, two of the most complicated means-tested health insurance programs, this paper offers a model that can be used to expand health coverage to all. Opt-out policies that leverage existing information will not only reduce the hassles of health insurance enrollment for everyday Americans, but also can reduce unnecessary administrative costs for the government, thus allowing more taxpayer money to be spent on care that people need. Overall, by reducing bureaucracy while increasing access to benefits, effortless enrollment provides a new paradigm for efficient and effective government.

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One Response

  1. I don’t have time/ I’m too lazy to read 50 pages, but that’s awesome!!!

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