Weekly Roundup

April 27, 2016

In Focus:

Updates from the New Jersey Medical Assistance Advisory Council

Roundup:

Pennsylvania Announces HealthChoices RFP Awards
CMS Releases Final Medicaid Managed Care Rules
Arkansas Governor Extends Medicaid Expansion Using Line-item Veto
Illinois to Cap Home Health Worker Hours to Prevent Overtime
New Mexico Proposes $160 Million Reduction in Medicaid Reimbursement Rates
Texas HHSC Commissioner Announces Retirement
Wisconsin Projects $300 Million Savings from Managed Long-Term Care Redesign

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April 20, 2016

In Focus:

Medicaid MCO Enrollment Update – Q1 2016

Roundup:

Connecticut Governor Proposes 10 Percent Reduction in Pediatric Dental Rates
New Mexico Considers Provider Payment Cuts of Up to 5 Percent
New York AG Files Suit Against MCO Over Access to Hepatitis C Drugs
Pennsylvania to Expand PACE Options
Alaska Legislature Passes Medicaid Reform Bill

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April 13, 2016

In Focus:

Ohio’s Healthy Ohio 1115 Waiver, ABD Eligibility Changes Reviewed

Roundup:

Arkansas Passes Legislation to Continue Medicaid Expansion
California Scraps MMIS Modernization
CMS Approves New York SPA for Children’s Health Homes
Long Named Director of TennCare
Vermont Issues Medicaid ACO RFP
Washington Increases Funding for Mental Health
Rockefeller Institute Projects Flat State Income Tax Revenues

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April 6, 2016

In Focus:

CDC Issues Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Roundup:

Virginia to Rebid Medallion 3.0 Contracts This Year
Arkansas Special Session Will Not Include Managed Care Proposal
New York Budget Agreement Reached
New Hampshire Passes Medicaid Expansion Extension
Oklahoma Coverage Expansion Proposal Unveiled
TennCare Director Announces Departure
Washington Begins Physical-Behavioral Managed Care Integration

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March 30, 2016

In Focus:

Wisconsin Proposes Family Care/IRIS Redesign

Roundup:

Florida Governor Signs Dental Carve-Out Bill
Arkansas to Hold Special Session on Medicaid Reform
Oklahoma Medicaid Providers Facing 25 Percent Rate Cuts
Massachusetts Hospital Association Opposes Tax Proposal
Pennsylvania Governor Allows Budget to Lapse into Law
CBO Revises ACA Cost Estimates Upwards

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March 23, 2016

In Focus:

California Duals Demo Performance Dashboard

Roundup:

California Fragile Kids Transition to Managed Care on Hold
Arkansas considers managed care for individuals with disabilities, mental illness
Arkansas, Idaho and Louisiana lawmakers consider Medicaid expansion waivers
Medicaid Funding at risk as New Mexico Battles Budget Pressures
Report Indicates Rhode Island Overpaid MCOs for Medicaid Expansion
Vermont to Postpone MMIS Implementation

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March 16, 2016

In Focus:

Colorado Reports on Economic Impact of ACA Medicaid Expansion

Roundup:

Utah Senate Bill Expands Medicaid to 16,000 Residents
States, Federal Government Work to Control Opioid Abuse
New York Governor, Providers Spar Over Proposed Wage Hike
Florida Budget Highlights include expanded waiver slots
Colorado Considers Physician Rate Reductions

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March 9, 2016

In Focus:

Pennsylvania Issues MLTSS, Duals RFP

Roundup:

New York Begins FIDA-IDD Enrollment Process
Florida Lawmakers to Reevaluate LIP Funding
Nebraska Reissues Medicaid Managed Care Awards
States Push for ACA Health Plan Tax Repeal
North Carolina Provider-Led Organization Taps New Mexico’s Presbyterian Health Plan to Coordinate Care
Oklahoma Bill Could Eliminate Medicaid Eligibility for 110,000
New Mexico Facing $147 Million Medicaid Shortfall
Connecticut Halts $140 Million in Hospital Payments
Vermont Pauses on Medicaid Hospital Rate Changes

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March 2, 2016

In Focus:

Medicaid and Exchange Enrollment Update

Roundup:

California Governor Approves MCO Tax
Georgia Families MCO Award Protests Denied
Pennsylvania MLTSS RFP Released
Massachusetts to Introduce Medicaid ACOs and Increase LTSS Oversight
New York Home Care Agencies Facing Financial Risk
Medicaid Expansion Stalls in South Dakota

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February 24, 2016

In Focus:

Washington Duals Demonstration Initial Findings

Roundup:

Baton Rouge Area Foundation and HMA Unveil Mental Health Strategy
OMB Receives CMS Final Rule to Overhaul Managed Medicaid
CMS Approves Iowa Managed Care Waiver
Meridian Picks Up Illinois ACE Membership
Medicaid Expansion Updates in Arkansas, Georgia, Maine, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming
New York Issues PACE RFI
Texas HHSC Continues with Agency Transformation

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