Weekly Roundup

September 22, 2021

In Focus:

HMA Launches Novel Project ECHO For MOUD In County Jails

Roundup:

Connecticut to Combine Medicaid, Housing Services
Florida Approves Exchange Premiums Hike of 6.6 Percent
Michigan to Continue Expanded Medicaid Program in Flint
Mississippi Economist Says Uncompensated Care Savings Would Cover State Cost of Medicaid Expansion
Oklahoma Fails to Win HCBS Residency Requirement Approval
Oregon to Seek Federal Funding for Health Equity
Puerto Rico Secures $2.9 Billion in Federal Medicaid Funding
CMS to Include Dual-Eligible Plan Features in Medicare Plans
Exchange Plan Enrollment Hits All Time High at 12.2 Million

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September 15, 2021

In Focus:

New Jersey Shares its Five-Year Vision for the Latest 1115 Waiver Renewal Draft

Roundup:

Colorado to Address Maternal Health Disparities
District of Columbia Delays MedStar Contract Extension
Georgia to Begin Bidding Process for Medicaid Plans in 2022
Louisiana Appoints Medicaid Executive Director
Michigan to Hold Hearings on Carving Behavioral Health Into Medicaid Managed Care
New Hampshire Renews MMIS Contract with Conduent
Ohio Medicaid Plan Faces 600 Layoffs Without State Contract
Tennessee Sees Opposition to Block Grant Waiver
Democrats Detail Plan to Close Medicaid Coverage Gap

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September 8, 2021

In Focus:

Texas Releases STAR Health Draft RFP; Seeks Public Input on STAR+PLUS, STAR Kids ACO

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California Launches Enhanced Care Management Program
California Awards EVV Contract to Sandata
District of Columbia Extends MedStar Medicaid Contract; To Release Medicaid Managed Care RFP in November
Idaho Awards Correctional Health Contract to Centurion
Maine Medicaid To Raise Residential SUD Treatment Rates
Ohio ACO to Serve 100,000 CareSource Medicaid Members
Vermont All-Payer System Achieves Medicare Savings
CMS Gives 13 States $452 Million for Reinsurance Programs

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August 25, 2021

In Focus:

Medicaid Non-Emergency Transportation Benefit: Stakeholder Perspectives on Trends and Innovations

Roundup:

MedStar Health May Drop CareFirst, AmeriHealth Caritas Medicaid Plans from Network
Illinois Medicaid to Expand Maternal, Child Health
Missouri Medicaid Expansion Applications Hit Snag
Missouri Medicaid Director Slated to Return in September
New York Seeks Medicaid Waiver to Improve Health Disparities
Texas Medicaid Waiver Extension Is Upheld by Federal Judge
Wisconsin Releases Draft RFP for Medicaid Managed LTC
GuideWell to Acquire Triple-S Management
Independent Living Systems Completes Stock Buyback
Cityblock to Serve BCBS-NC Medicaid, Medicare Members

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August 18, 2021

In Focus:

Arizona Releases Competitive Contract Expansion (CCE) RFP

Roundup:

Colorado to Continue Exchange Reinsurance Program
Illinois Enacts Medicaid Behavioral Network Adequacy Law
Kansas to Investigate Pharmacy Benefit Managers
Massachusetts to Submit MassHealth 1115 Waiver Extension
Missouri Looks to Release Medicaid Managed Care RFP in Fall
New York Auditors Question $1.5 Billion in Medicaid Payments
North Carolina Clears Mecklenburg County to Switch Managed Care Plans for Behavioral, IDD Beneficiaries
Ohio Awards Medicaid Managed Care Contract to Centene
Medicare Plan Is Subject to Overpayment Rule, Court Says

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August 11, 2021

In Focus:

Senate Infrastructure Bill Has Both Direct, Indirect Impact on U.S. Health Care System, Leavitt Partners Analysis Shows

Roundup:

Missouri Is Ordered to Begin Medicaid Expansion Immediately
Mississippi Advocates Dispute Claims of Medicaid Fraud
Tennessee Medicaid Block Grant Waiver Is Open for Comment
Virginia Sees Medicaid Addiction Treatment Benefit Use Rise
Lawmakers Push CMS to Issue Guidance on Postpartum Medicaid Coverage Extension

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August 4, 2021

In Focus:

Cost Estimate of Federal Funding for Gun Violence Research and Data Infrastructure

Roundup:

Arizona RFP Seeks Medicaid Plans to Integrate Coverage for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness
California to Stagger CalAIM Behavioral Health Changes
California Delays Implementation of Medi-Cal Rx
Georgia Medicaid Plans Could Face $500 Million in Clawbacks
New York Releases NEMT Brokerage Management RFP
Pennsylvania Receives Federal Funding I/DD, LTSS
Texas Submits Medicaid Managed Care Waiver Amendment to Federal Regulators
Biden Seeks to Overturn Medicaid Waiver Guardrails
CMS Scraps Provider, Medicare Plan Contract Transparency Requirement

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July 28, 2021

In Focus:

HMA Prepares Issue Briefs Exploring MLTSS Impacts on State Medicaid Programs

Roundup:

Alaska Medicaid Covers Gender Reaffirming Health Care
Connecticut to Use Medicaid Funds for Violence Prevention
NEMT News: Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho
Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Medicaid Expansion
North Carolina Awards Medicaid Managed Care Regional Behavioral Health I/DD Contracts to Seven Plans

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July 21, 2021

In Focus:

Vermont Proposes Risk-Bearing, State-Run Medicaid Managed Care Entity

Roundup:

California Budget Eliminates Asset Test for Dual Eligibles
Delaware to Release Medicaid Managed Care RFP in December
Florida Medicaid Enrollment Surpasses State Projections
Indiana Releases Medicaid MLTSS RFI
Kentucky Health Plans Appeal Ruling that Would Force Medicaid Managed Care Rebid
Medicaid Waiver Renewals: Maryland, Massachusetts
North Carolina Medicaid Plans Join Care Coordination Platform
Washington Medicaid Drug Payment Plan Is Remanded to CMS
Senate Democrats Agree to Medicare, Medicaid Expansions

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July 14, 2021

In Focus:

Medicare-Medicaid Integration: Essential Program Elements and Policy Recommendations for Integrated Care Programs for Dually Eligible Individuals

Roundup:

HCBS Spending Plans: Arizona, Florida, New York
Iowa to Release Medicaid Managed Care RFP in December
Medicaid Expansion News: Mississippi, Missouri, Montana
Missouri Supreme Court Hears Medicaid Expansion Case
New Jersey Enacts ‘Cover All Kids’ Universal Care Initiative
Ohio Medicaid Readies New Nursing Home Rates
Vermont Proposes Risk-Bearing, State-Run Medicaid Managed Care Entity

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