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Jan 3 -- The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) established MACPAC to review Medicaid and CHIP access and payment policies and to advise Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP. CHIPRA gave the Comptroller General of the United States responsibility for appointing MACPAC's members. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is now accepting nominations for MACPAC appointments that will be effective May 2023. Letters of nomination and resumes should be submitted no later than January 26, 2023, to ensure adequate opportunity for review and consideration of nominees prior to appointment.

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) is a non-partisan legislative branch agency that provides policy and data analysis and makes recommendations to Congress, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the states on a wide array of issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The U.S. Comptroller General appoints MACPAC’s 17 commissioners, who come from diverse regions across the United States and bring broad expertise and a wide range of perspectives on Medicaid and CHIP.

MACPAC serves as an independent source of information on Medicaid and CHIP, publishing issue briefs and data reports throughout the year to support policy analysis and program accountability. The Commission’s authorizing statute, 42 U.S.C. 1396, outlines a number of areas for analysis, including:

-- payment;
-- eligibility;
-- enrollment and retention;
-- coverage;
-- access to care;
-- quality of care; and
-- the programs’ interaction with Medicare and the health care system generally.
  
MACPAC’s authorizing statute also requires the Commission to submit reports to Congress by March 15 and June 15 of each year. In carrying out its work, the Commission holds public meetings and regularly consults with state officials, congressional and executive branch staff, beneficiaries, health care providers, researchers, and policy experts.

MACPAC shall be composed of 17 members appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States. The membership of MACPAC shall include individuals who have had direct experience as enrollees or parents or caregivers of enrollees in Medicaid or CHIP and individuals with national recognition for their expertise in Federal safety net health programs, health finance and economics, actuarial science, health plans and integrated delivery systems, reimbursement for health care, health information technology, and other providers of health services, public health, and other related fields, who provide a mix of different professions, broad geographic representation, and a balance between urban and rural representation. The terms of members of MACPAC shall be for 3 years except that the Comptroller General of the United States shall designate staggered terms for the members first appointed.

MACPAC https://www.macpac.gov/
Commissioners: https://www.macpac.gov/people/
Authorizing statute: https://www.macpac.gov/reference-materials/authorizing-language-from-the-social-security-act-42-usc1396/
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-27887

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