Weekly Roundup

March 29, 2023

In Focus:

HMA Community Strategies Conducts Evaluation for the City of Los Angeles FamilySource System

Roundup:

Alabama Releases RFP for Medicaid Enterprise Data Services Solution
Arizona Releases Strategic Roadmap to Modernize Medicaid Enterprise System
Florida Medicaid Disenrollment Could Impact Up to 1.8 Million Households
Florida Senate Committee Approves Bill to Place Restrictions on PBMs
Georgia Senate Committee Misses Deadline, Imperiling Mental Health Bill
Kentucky Governor Vetoes Bill that Would Block Expanded Dental, Vision, Hearing Benefits for Medicaid Beneficiaries
Louisiana Governor Proposes $196 Million for Medicaid Redeterminations Process
New York Providers File Lawsuit to Delay Transition of Medicaid Pharmacy Benefits from Managed Care to FFS
North Carolina Enacts Medicaid Expansion
Tennessee Legislature Considers Bill to Block State from Contracting with Medicaid Plans Covering Gender-affirming Treatment in Any State
Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment Tops 92.3 Million in December 2022
Mosaic Dental Collective Partners with Audax Private Equity
BCBS-NM Names Nancy Smith-Leslie as Vice President of Medicaid

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March 22, 2023

In Focus:

Medicare Drug Negotiation Guidance: What You Need to Know

Roundup:

Medicaid Expansion News: Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina
Arkansas Assisted Living Providers Struggle Financially After Medicaid Reimbursement Rate Increases are Delayed
California Expands Availability of Medi-Medi Plans for Dual Eligibles to Five More Counties
California Seeks Federal Approval of Program Covering 6 Months of Rent for Homeless Medi-Cal Beneficiaries
Redeterminations News: California, Illinois, Rhode Island
Idaho House Rejects $4.7 Billion Fiscal 2024 Medicaid Budget
Kentucky Governor Signs Legislation to Increase Medicaid Rates for Outpatient Procedures
New York Senate Advances Proposal to Repeal Medicaid Managed Care Pharmacy Carve-out
Most States Will Take 12-14 Months to Process Medicaid Redeterminations, KFF Survey Says
PurposeCare Acquires Home Sweet Home

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March 15, 2023

In Focus:

Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment Update – Q4 2022

Roundup:

Alaska Submits Section 1115 Waiver Request to Extend Medicaid SUD, Behavioral Health Program
Redeterminations News: District of Columbia, Mississippi, Washington, Wyoming
Medicaid Expansion News: New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Dakota
New York Has Almost $10 Billion in Surplus Federal Funding for Basic Health Option
Oregon Medicaid CCO Purchases Hotel to Create Housing for Individuals with Behavioral Health Needs
Pennsylvania Governor Proposes $500 Million for Mental Health Services in Schools
Washington Pauses Apple Health Reprocurement Efforts to Focus on Medicaid Redeterminations
Biden’s Proposed Fiscal 2024 Budget Includes Mandatory Minimum Medicaid MLR
Help at Home Acquires Prosper Home Care

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March 8, 2023

In Focus:

Financial Impact Summary of the 2024 Medicare Advantage Advance Notice

Roundup:

Arizona House Committee Advances Bill to Reduce Medicaid Redetermination Period
Colorado Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Authorize Medicaid Reimbursement for Community Health Services
Redeterminations News: Delaware, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island
Maryland Health Information Exchange to Expand Medicaid Eligibility Redetermination Notifications
Mississippi Releases Medicaid Utilization Management, Quality Improvement Organization IFB
New Jersey Senate Committee Advances Bill to Increase Medicaid Reimbursement Rates for Assisted Living Facilities
New Mexico House Passes Bill to Study Medicaid Buy-in Program
North Carolina Senate Committee Advances Medicaid Expansion Bill
Wisconsin Governor Proposes Tying Medicaid Expansion to Medicaid Reimbursement Rates
West Virginia House Passes Bill to Scrap Medicaid Managed Care RFP Process, Move to Applications
15 States Seek Section 1115 Waiver Amendments to Provide Medicaid Services to Incarcerated Individuals Prior to Release
VillageMD Acquires CT-based Multispecialty Group Starling Physicians
Presbyterian Healthcare Services, UnityPoint Health to Merge

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March 1, 2023

In Focus:

Evaluating the Delivery of Virtual Child Welfare Services

Roundup:

Eligibility Redeterminations: Arkansas, Alaska, Centene, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas
California to Award Medicaid Bonus Payments to Nursing Homes 
Illinois Releases Medicaid FFS Dental Program RFP
Indiana Awards Medicaid MLTSS Contracts to Four Managed Care Organizations
Iowa House, Senate Pass Separate Bills to Change Medicaid Eligibility Asset Limit
North Carolina Further Delays Implementation of Behavioral Health IDD Tailored Plans to October 2023
New Mexico Lawmakers Question Cancellation of Medicaid Managed Care RFP
Oregon Names Dana Hittle as Medicaid Director
Medicare Advantage Insurers Report Average Margins Per Enrollee Twice as High as Other Health Insurance Markets
Elevance Agrees to Acquire BCBS-LA for $2.5 Billion

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February 15, 2023

In Focus:

Mental Health and Addiction Crises Top the Federal Policy Agenda in 2023

Roundup:

Alabama Legislative Committee Puts Hold on Inmate Health Contract
Florida CHIP Enrollment Likely to Increase as Medicaid Redeterminations Begin
Indiana House Passes Bill to Continue Medicaid Coverage of Children’s Out-of-State Hospital Care
Michigan Governor Proposes $210 Million to Increase Wages for Direct Care Workers in Fiscal 2024 Budget
Minnesota Lawmakers Develop Proposal for MinnesotaCare Public Option
Missouri Representative Proposes Higher Income Limit for Ticket to Work Medicaid Program
Montana Lawmakers Consider Bill to Allow Physician Assistants to Practice Unsupervised
New Mexico Awards MMIS Contract to Conduent
New York Awards $658 Million in Grants to Expand Healthcare Access
North Carolina House Committees Advance Bill to Expand Medicaid, Increase Hospital Reimbursements
Tennessee Governor Proposes Expanding Medicaid Eligibility Limits for Pregnant Women, Caretakers
Virginia to Release Medicaid Managed Care RFP in June 2023
Virginia to Release Medicaid NEMT RFP in April 2023
West Virginia Awards Medicaid Managed Care for Foster Care Youth Contract
CMS Approves Programs to Provide Nutritional Supports for Medicaid Enrollees
Consonance Capital Partners Acquires Embark Behavioral Health

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February 8, 2023

In Focus:

CMS Introduces Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for MA Capitation Rates and Medicare Part C and Part D Payment Policies

Roundup:

Alaska Releases MMIS RFP California Awards $18 Million in Grants for Student Behavioral Health Center Training
Florida Appoints Ken Kniepmann as Assistant Deputy Secretary for Medicaid Policy and Quality
Medicaid Expansion News: Florida, Kansas, Mississippi
Idaho Senate Panel Recommends Focus on Prevention Through Managed Care for Medicaid Expansion Population
Idaho Delays Award of Behavioral Health Plan Contract Pending Appeals Process
New York Governor Prioritizes Medicaid Reimbursement Increases, Behavioral Health in Fiscal 2024 Budget
North Carolina Seeks Waiver Amendment to Extend Medicaid Eligibility to Parents, Caretakers of Children in Foster Care
North Carolina Announces Retirement of Medicaid Director Dave Richard
Oklahoma to Apply for Medicaid Managed Care Waiver
Vermont Releases Technical Assistance for Medicaid Supportive Housing Program RFP
Federal Judge Rules Against Disenrollment of Medicaid Members Who Are Eligible for Medicare Savings Program
CMS Officials Aim to Establish Universal Quality Measures Across Programs
CVS Health to Acquire Oak Street Health
Carlyle Group Looks to Acquire of Cotiviti from Veritas Capital

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February 1, 2023

In Focus:

California First in Nation to Receive Federal Approval for Justice-Involved Reentry Demonstration Initiative

Roundup:

California Awards $119 Million to 98 Organizations to Improve Medicaid Delivery System
California Insurer to Offer Digital Health App to Medicaid Enrollees
Iowa House Committee Advances Medicaid Work Requirements Bill
Indiana Reaches $66.5 Million Settlement with Former PBM
Michigan Releases Child, Adolescent Health Center Program RFP
Minnesota Attorney General Asks for Delay of Sanford Health, Fairview Health Services Merger
Mississippi Senator, Representative File Medicaid Expansion Bills
North Carolina to Move Children Covered by CHIP to Medicaid
New Mexico Cancels Medicaid Managed Care RFP
South Dakota Legislators Propose Medicaid Expansion Fund
Texas Awards STAR+PLUS Medicaid Managed Care Contracts to 7 Plans
Utah Senate Passes Legislation to Extend Medicaid Dental Coverage
CMS Will Not Impose Major Penalties on Medicare Advantage Plans for Overpayments from 2011-17
CMS Outlines PHE Unwinding Requirements, Phase Out of FMAP Increase
CVS Health Invests $32.7 Million in Affordable Housing in NC, TX

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January 25, 2023

In Focus:

Lee Fleisher of CMS to Deliver Keynote Address at HMA National Quality Conference

Roundup:

Arkansas Legislature Faces Potential Hurdles for Funding Medicaid Expansion
Arizona Governor Proposes $2.7 Million to Modernize Medicaid Enterprise System
Georgia House Speaker Does Not Plan to Take Up Medicaid Expansion
Massachusetts Governor Appoints Kate Walsh as Secretary of Health, Human Services
Michigan Provides Pregnancy App for Eligible Medicaid Beneficiaries
New Mexico Medicaid Director to Step Down
New Mexico Has Yet to Announce Medicaid Managed Care Awards
Oklahoma Awards Medicaid Dental Contracts to 2 Plans
Rhode Island Legislators Introduce Medicaid Housing Supports Pilot Proposal
Wisconsin Adds Medicaid Work Requirement Advisory Referendum to April Ballot
Wyoming Appoints Lee Grossman as State Medicaid Agent, Senior Administrator
Exchange Plan Enrollment Rises Nearly 13 Percent to 16.3 Million in 2023
FCC Clears Medicaid Plans to Text, Robocall Beneficiaries for Eligibility Redeterminations
Elevance Health to Acquire BCBS of LA

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