Panelists Urge Better Efforts to Serve ‘Partial Dual Eligibles’

In the world of government-sponsored health plans, there’s an often-underserved “hidden population” that is long overdue for increased attention from both payers and policymakers, panelists said during a recent session at AHIP’s virtual Medicare, Medicaid and Dual-Eligibles conference.

That population consists of so-called partial dual eligibles, or individuals whose incomes are low enough to qualify for financial assistance from state Medicaid programs to help them pay Medicare cost sharing and premiums but not quite low enough to count them as full dual eligibles — a population that receives Medicaid benefits such as behavioral health services and long-term services and supports (LTSS).

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Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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