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Brief & Report

Annual 50-state Medicaid director survey released: states report expansion and enhancement

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Results of the 19th annual Medicaid Budget Survey were released Oct. 18, 2019 and examine changes taking place in Medicaid in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and HMA conducted the annual survey in partnership with the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

Key findings of the survey include:

  • Multiple states reported expansions or enhancements to provider rates and benefits.
  • Several states implemented, adopted, or continued to debate the ACA Medicaid expansion.
  • A growing number of states continued to pursue work requirements and other policies promoted by the Trump administration that could restrict eligibility.
  • States are implementing Medicaid initiatives to address social determinants of health, control prescription drug spending, improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality, and address the opioid epidemic.

The report was prepared by Kathleen Giff­ord and Aimee Lashbrook, Eileen Ellis and Mike Nardone, and by Elizabeth Hinton, Robin Rudowitz, Maria Diaz, and Marina Tian.

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Pennsylvania Releases HealthChoices Physical Health RFA

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This week, our In Focus section reviews the Pennsylvania HealthChoices Physical Health Medicaid managed care request for applications (RFA), issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on October 15, 2019. Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) will serve the five HealthChoices zones covering all 67 counties: Southeast, Southwest, Lehigh-Capital, Northwest, and Northeast. Contracts are worth nearly $13 billion.

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Utah Releases Medicaid Expansion Fall Back Plan Waiver Amendment

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This week, our In Focus section reviews the Utah Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver amendment Fallback Plan, released for public comment on September 27, 2019. The Fallback Plan would raise Utah’s Medicaid expansion income limit to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL)[1]. Voters in the state passed full Medicaid expansion through a ballot initiative in 2018, however, the state only enacted partial expansion through a waiver. The Fallback Plan looks to fully expand Medicaid, while also implementing certain provisions, including work requirements and premiums.

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HMA Medicare Experts in Demand

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HMA Principal Mary Hsieh offered her expertise and insights during a panel discussion at the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Conference. The panel, Blockbuster Medicare Innovations, focused on sweeping policy changes announced by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

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Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment Update – Q2 2019

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This week, our In Focus section reviews recent Medicaid enrollment trends in capitated, risk-based managed care in 29 states.[1] Many state Medicaid agencies post monthly enrollment figures by health plan for their Medicaid managed care population to their websites. This data allows for the timeliest analysis of enrollment trends across states and managed care organizations. All 29 states highlighted in this review have released monthly Medicaid managed care enrollment data into the second quarter (Q2) of 2019. This report reflects the most recent data posted. HMA has made the following observations related to the enrollment data shown on Table 1 (below):

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Preliminary Insights on 2020 Medicare Advantage and Part D Plan Offerings

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This week, our In Focus section reviews the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D landscape files for the 2020 plan year released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 24, 2019. These files include information on MA and Part D offerings, including premiums and benefit design. This year’s release signals continued growth for the MA program in 2020. Nationwide, the number of MA plans continues to increase, with 3,144 offerings, up from 2,741 in 2019.  Among these plans, 2,832 will offer Part D coverage. CMS states that the average monthly plan premium is expected to decrease 14 percent to $23.00 in 2020 down from $26.87 in 2019. According to CMS, this is the lowest average monthly premium since 2007.

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The Future of the ACA: Implications of 5th Circuit Decision in Texas v. United States

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This week, our In Focus section reviews Texas v. United States., the most recent legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In July 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit heard oral arguments in the case and is reviewing the decision of United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (District Court). The District Court ruled that the “individual mandate” provision of the ACA is unconstitutional as a result of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) zeroing out of the tax penalty for not having health insurance and, consequently, that the entire ACA should be struck down as a result. As the nation awaits the 5th Circuit panel’s decision, this article discusses background, next steps in the court process, and the potential far-reaching implications of this case.

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