HHS and the Department of Agriculture Joint Letter

November 23,2010

Dear Human Services Agency Head:

The Department ofHealth and Human Services (HHS) is committed to a strong partnership with states
and our federal partners as we work together to implement the Affordable Care Act.
Over the past several weeks, HHS has released several important documents, described in the
enclosure, related to health insurance exchanges, Medicaid eligibility information technology systems,
the advance planning process for information technology (IT) procurements, and how these and other
systems can work together. We are sending this information to you today to ensure its availability to
all agencies within states that have a role to play in the successful implementation ofthe Affordable
Care Act.

However a state chooses to organize and administer its health and human services programs, many
individuals and families eligible for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or tax
credits available to help purchase health coverage through new health insurance exchanges, are also
likely to be eligible for benefits and services under the state's human services programs. We know that
human services administrators are engaged in discussions related to the Affordable Care Act with
health agencies in their states, and we encourage that collaboration. In that same spirit, HHS is
working collaboratively with the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service and other
federal agencies to ensure that federal efforts are coordinated as well.
Please let us know if you have any questions about these documents.


David A. Hansell

Acting Assistant Secretary

for Children and Families, HHS


Kevin Concannon

Under Secretary for Food,

Nutrition and Consumer Service, USDA


Joel Ario

HHS DIrector, Office of Health Insurance Exchanges

Office of Consumer Information and

Insurance Oversight, HHS


Cindy Mann

Deputy Administrator, Centers for

Medicare and Medicaid Service,

and Director, Ceneter for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey Notification, HHS


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