Weekly Roundup

March 10, 2021

In Focus:

California Releases Revised CalAIM Proposal

Roundup:

Arkansas Senate Passes Medicaid Work Incentive Bill
Medicaid Expansion News: Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Wyoming
Idaho Committee Approves 20 Percent Increase in Fiscal 2022 Medicaid Budget
Nevada Medicaid Plans Begin Implementing 6 Percent Provider Rate Reduction, State Says
ACA Exchange News: New York, South Carolina, National
MedPAC Is Expected to Call For Simplified Medicare Alternative Payment Models

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March 3, 2021

In Focus:

Health Management Associates Provides Updates in 2021 Federal Healthcare Policy Landscape

Roundup:

Arkansas Lawmakers Introduce Medicaid Work Incentive Bill
Hawaii Releases RFP for Medicaid Dental TPA
Louisiana Governor Proposes Budget Without Medicaid Cuts
Missouri Medicaid Director to Take Leave of Absence
New Jersey Medicaid Bill To Cover Undocumented Immigrants
New York Delays Medicaid Pharmacy Benefit Carve-Out
Rhode Island Releases Medicaid Managed Care RFI
Texas Projects Medicaid Caseloads to Fall 8 Percent
Vermont Has RFI For SUD Treatment, Recovery Coordination
House Lawmakers Reintroduce Telehealth Bill
Medicaid Plans Look to Address Risk Corridor Exposure
CMS Delays Medicare Geographic Direct Contracting Model

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February 24, 2021

In Focus:

Medicaid Managed Care Spending in 2020

Roundup:

Alabama Voters Support Medicaid Expansion, Poll Finds
Arkansas to Drop Medicaid Work Requirements, Eyes ‘Work Incentive’ Plan
California Again Delays Implementation of Medi-Cal Rx
North Carolina Medicaid Official Cites Automated System for Failing to Verify Provider Licenses
North Carolina Judge Upholds Medicaid Plan Awards
Oklahoma Awards Three Medicaid Dental Plan Contracts
Median Voluntary Disenrollment Rate in D-SNP Dominant Plans Is 10 Percent, Study Shows

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February 17, 2021

In Focus:

New Report Supports State Medicaid Programs to Advance Health Justice

Roundup:

Florida Healthy Kids Suffers Data Breach
Georgia House Passes Bill for Auto Medicaid Enrollment of Children Eligible for Food Stamps
Hawaii Awards Community Care Services Contract to Centene/WellCare
Chicago’s Oldest Hospital Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Nevada Issues PBM RFP For Medicaid FFS, Ryan White
Medicaid Expansion News: North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas
WI Governor Proposes Public Option With Medicaid Buy-in
Biden to Revoke Rules Allowing Medicaid Work Requirements
CMS Faces Calls to Delay Geographic Direct Contracting

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February 10, 2021

In Focus:

Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment Update – Q4 2020

Roundup:

California May Make Some Telehealth Flexibilities Permanent
Medicaid Expansion News: Florida, Mississippi, South Dakota
Kentucky Senate Panel Clears Bills to Reduce Number of Medicaid Plans, Eliminate Copays
Missouri to Contract With 3 Medicaid Managed Care Plans
Puerto Rico Needs Risk-Based Oversight of Medicaid Procurement Process, GAO Says
Tennessee Lawmakers Introduce Medicaid Buy-in Bill
House Proposal Would Raise ACA Subsidies for Two Years

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February 3, 2021

In Focus:

MACPAC Report Examines Medicaid Services for ID/DD Populations

Roundup:

Arizona Awards Medicaid Housing Contract
Drug Importation News: Colorado, Florida
Medicaid Expansion News: Georgia, Kansas, Missouri
Kentucky Releases RFP for Medicaid Fee-for-Service PBM
DentaQuest Medicaid, CHIP Lives Top 840,000 in Lousiana
New Jersey Medicaid Covers Doulas, Raises Midwives Rates
New York Retroactively Cuts Medicaid Managed Care Rates
Oklahoma Announces Medicaid Managed Care Awards
Texas Schedules STAR+PLUS Pre-Solicitation Meetings
Wisconsin Medicaid to Cover SUD Treatment

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January 27. 2021

In Focus:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center’s Geographic Direct Contracting Model

Roundup:

Alabama Seeks Medicaid Quality Improvement Organization
Florida Receives Medicaid Managed Care Waiver Extension
Kentucky Seeks External Quality Review Organization
Missouri Lawmakers Consider Extending Provider Tax to Fund Medicaid Expansion
New Jersey Lifts UnitedHealth Medicaid Enrollment Freeze
New Mexico Medicaid Enrollment to Hit 931,000 By June 2021
Oklahoma to Move Forward with Medicaid Managed Care
Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment to Rise 5-10 Million by 2022
Medicare ACO Membership Falls in 2021

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January 20, 2021

In Focus:

Health Management Associates Launches Institute on Addiction

Roundup:

Kentucky Medicaid Directed Payments Initiative Is Approved
North Carolina Readies for Medicaid Managed Care Launch
Ohio Delays Implementation of Medicaid Work Requirements
Pennsylvania Receives Health Care Reform Recommendations
Texas Uncompensated Care Waiver Extension Is Approved
CMS Reports 4.6 Million Medicaid Beneficiaries Were Treated for Substance Use Disorder in 2018
CMS Releases Preliminary State Medicaid Expenditure Data
CMS Rule Change Lets Physicians Prescribe Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder Without Waiver
CMS Announces 2022 Medicare Advantage, Part D Rates

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January 13, 2021

In Focus:

Drivers and Barriers to Adoption of Flexible Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefits

Roundup:

Arizona Approves UnitedHealth Group Acquisition of Certain Solstice Health Plans Operations
Colorado Releases Report on Medicaid Prescription Drugs
Medicaid Expansion News: Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia
Minnesota Releases Medicaid Plan Procurement Timeline
Oklahoma Medicaid RFP Bidders to Include CareSource
South Carolina Governor Taps Thomas Clark Phillip Jr. as Acting Medicaid Director
Tennessee Medicaid Block Grant Receives CMS Approval
CMS Withdraws Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule

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January 6, 2021

In Focus:

Hawaii, Minnesota Rerelease Medicaid Managed Care RFPs

Roundup:

Hawaii Releases Medicaid Dental TPA RFI
Indiana Governor To Make Long-Term Care Reform a Priority
Kentucky Awards Medicaid Managed Care PBM Contract
Kentucky Awards Aetna Foster Care Contract
Minnesota Releases Medicaid Managed Care RFP
Nevada to Implement D-SNP Program in 2021
New Jersey DHS Commissioner to Join Biden COVID-19 Team
South Carolina Bills Propose Medicaid Expansion Referendum
Texas Releases Medicaid Plan Procurement Timelines
Congress Gives Medicare Physicians 2021 Pay Boost

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