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Feds fund health and human services interoperability initiatives in seven states

Seven states – Colorado, New York, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, California, and Maryland – were recently awarded funding available through the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) State Systems Interoperability and Integration Projects grant. ACF announced the availability of $4.5 million worth of grant funding, received from the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation (the Partnership Fund) this past June, with applications due in mid-August. The objective of the funding is to provide additional planning resources to human services agencies to “explore and plan improved interoperability and integration in eligibility and enrollment, business process and workflows, case management, and other related functions across health and human services information technology systems.”

While states are required to integrate eligibility and enrollment (E&E) systems for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and health insurance exchanges (HIXs) as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ACF is encouraging states to consider planning for the inclusion of human services programs into these E&E systems by way of their Interoperability Initiative, which includes the State Systems Interoperability and Integration Projects and the OMB Circular A-87 Cost Allocation Waiver. Upon completion of the 12-month grant period, participating states will be required to produce a public report documenting the states’ experience, including outcomes, lessons learned, best practices, and project planning documents produced during the grant funding period.

If you are interested in more information on states’ health and human services interoperability initiatives, check out Deltek’s report on Integrated Eligibility Systems.


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