Weekly Roundup

June 13, 2018

In Focus:

Alternative Benefit Plans for the Medicaid Expansion Population

Roundup:

Florida Announces Additional Medicaid Managed Care Awards
Arkansas Medicaid Director Resigns
Maine Appeals Medicaid Expansion Court Order
Mississippi Releases CHIP Managed Care RFQ
New Hampshire Awards Centene Correctional Healthcare Contract
Virginia Governor Signs Budget Expanding Medicaid
CMS Releases Guidance on Combating Opioid Epidemic
GAO Urges CMS to Address Risk of Overpayments to Medicaid Managed Care Plans

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June 6, 2018

In Focus:

Registration Open for HMA Conference on the Rapidly Changing World of Medicaid

Roundup:

Judge Orders Maine Governor to Implement Medicaid Expansion
Arkansas Launches Medicaid Work Requirements
Florida Announces Additional Awards for Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Procurement
New Jersey Passes Individual Health Insurance Mandate
Alaska Announces Coordinate Care Demo Awards
CMS Releases Medicaid, CHIP Quality Scorecard

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May 30, 2018

In Focus:

North Carolina Prepaid Health Plans Policy Paper

Roundup:

Washington Announces Medicaid MCO RFP Awards
Florida to Enact Cuts to Correctional Treatment Programs
Utah to Vote on Medicaid Expansion Ballot Measure in November
Virginia Senate Approves Medicaid Expansion
Minnesota Seeks Waiver to Use Medicaid Funding for Residential Drug Treatment

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May 23, 2018

In Focus:

HHS Releases Blueprint to Address Prescription Drug Costs

Roundup:

Centene Awarded Managed Care Contract in Iowa, Correctional Health Contract in Tucson, Arizona
New Mexico Rejects Protests of Medicaid Managed Care Contract Awards.
Virginia Senate Delays Budget, Medicaid Expansion Talks
Louisiana Tables Tax Reviews for Medicaid Eligibility
Michigan Shelves Work Requirements Exemption Tied to County Unemployment Rate
UnitedHealth Report Finds Exchange Coverage Is More Costly Than Medicaid

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May 16, 2018

In Focus:

Medicaid and Exchange Enrollment Update – 2017-18

Roundup:

CMS Approves Maryland All-Payer Model
Connecticut Budget Reverses Medicaid Cuts
Fidelis Care Files Petition with New York Attorney General
Alaska Medicaid Backlog Stalls Provider Payments
Vermont Voluntary All-Payer ACO Enrollment Hits 112,000
Trump Administration Announces Plan to Lower Drug Prices

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May 9, 2018

In Focus:

Electronic Visit Verification: Implications for States, Providers, and Medicaid Participants

Roundup:

CMS Rejects Kansas Medicaid Lifetime Limit Waiver Proposal
Medicaid Expansion to Appear on Utah Ballot
New Hampshire Gains Approval for Medicaid Work Requirements
Texas HHSC Commissioner Retires Amid Contract Scrutiny
Illinois to Expand Medicaid Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatments
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Partners Healthcare in Merger Discussions

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May 2, 2018

In Focus:

Medicaid Community Engagement Initiatives: A Comparison of Three States

Roundup:

Florida Announces Winners of Medicaid MCO Procurement, Protests Follow
Idaho to Decide on Medicaid Expansion with Ballot Initiative
Maine Advocates File Lawsuit to Force Governor to Expand Medicaid
New Jersey MCO Carve-In of Mental Health, SUD Services for Certain Eligibility Groups Planned for July 1
Ohio Medicaid Submits Work Requirements Waiver
Non-Expansion States Should Reconsider Medicaid Work Requirements, CMS Cautions
Uninsured Rate Rises, Commonwealth Fund Report Shows

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April 25, 2018

In Focus:

MLTSS Implementation Plans in North Carolina and New Hampshire

Roundup:

Florida Announces Winners of Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Procurement
Alabama Releases RFP for Administrator of LTSS Patient-Centered Care Program
District of Columbia Proposes 4 Percent Cut to Medicaid MCO Rates
Medicaid Work Requirements Debated in Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee
New York DoH Approves Centene, Fidelis Deal

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April 18, 2018

In Focus:

The Policy, Implementation and Operations of Medicaid Personal Responsibility Initiatives: An Introduction

Roundup:

Utah to Decide on Medicaid Expansion through Ballot Initiative
Tennessee House Rejects Medicaid Expansion Amendment
Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Results in Jobs, Generates Tax Revenues, Study Says
Illinois Freezes Medicaid Enrollment at BCBS-IL
New York Receives Approval for Care Coordination for Individuals with I/DD
More Governors Propose Medicaid Enhancements Than Cuts, Says Kaiser Study

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April 11, 2018

In Focus:

Medicaid Managed Care Spending in 2017

Roundup:

Texas Releases MCO RFP for STAR, CHIP
Texas Cancels Rural CHIP MCO Contract Awards
Pennsylvania Court Rules in Favor of MCO Award Protest
New Hampshire Releases MLTSS Implementation Plan
New Jersey Outlines Anti-Addiction Program Spending Plans
New York Legislature Approves Final SFY 2018-19 Budget
Ohio Medicaid To Investigate PBM Pricing
Virginia Moves Closer to Medicaid Expansion
CMS Issues Final Rule Allowing States Flexibility in Defining ‘Essential Health Benefits’
Study: Medicaid Enrollees Have Better Access to Care Than Uninsured

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