Case Study of Louisiana's Express Lane Eligibility

Case Study of Louisiana's Express Lane Eligibility

CHIPRA Express Lane Eligibility Evaluation
Published: Jan 12, 2014
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research, Urban Institute, and Health Management Associates
Associated Project

Evaluating Express Lane Eligibility

Time frame: 2011-2014

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation


Stan Dorn

Margaret Wilkinson

Sara Benatar

Louisiana was the first state to implement the automatic enrollment option for Express Lane Eligibility (ELE). Beginning in February 2010, the state established financial eligibility for Medicaid based on income determinations made by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Louisiana has also been using ELE for statewide renewals since November of 2010. The state’s implementation of ELE built on its prior efforts to streamline enrollment and renewal, which already placed Louisiana among the nation’s leaders.

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