MACPAC was enacted as part of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. The commission is tasked with reviewing Medicaid and CHIP policies that affect children’s access to covered health services and making recommendations to Congress regarding these policies. MACPAC will be made up of 17 members representing a broad spectrum of interests and expertise on Medicaid and physician payments. The commission must be operational by January 1, 2010.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is now accepting nominations to the commission. According to the legislation authorizing MACPAC, members should include
“individuals who have had direct experience as enrollees or parents 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 facility management, health plans and integrated delivery systems, reimbursement of health facilities, health information technology, pediatric physicians, dentists, and other providers of health services, and other related fields, who provide a mix of different professionals, broad geographic representation, and a balance between urban and rural representatives.”
Letters of nomination and accompanying resumes will be accepted through October 1, 2009. Click here to see the full text of the GAO announcement.