Weekly Roundup

March 14, 2018

In Focus:

SNP Provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

Roundup:

Florida, New Jersey FY 2019 Budgets Include Key Healthcare Provisions
CMS Denies Idaho Plan to Skirt ACA Requirements
Illinois Passes Hospital Assessment Plan
Iowa Announces Medicaid Managed Care RFP Respondents
Minnesota Releases Special Needs BasicCare RFP
Nebraska Medicaid Expansion Advocates Launch Ballot Initiative
New York FQHCs Plan Merger
Texas Awards CHIP Rural and Hidalgo Service Areas Contracts

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March 7, 2018

In Focus:

Interagency, Cross-Sector Collaboration to Improve Care for Vulnerable Children: Lessons from Six State Initiatives

Roundup:

Arizona Awards Medicaid Managed Care Contracts
CMS Approves Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirements Waiver
Hawaii Awards Community Care Services Contract to Ohana Health Plan
Massachusetts Providers Expect Confusion as State Rolls Out ACO Networks
Quality Performance Results Published for New Jersey Nursing Facilities
New York Announces Care Coordination Organizations for People with I/DD
North Carolina Releases Enrollment Broker Services RFP
South Carolina Awards Multi-Vendor Integrator Award to Cognosante
HHS Secretary Says Changes Coming to Provider Reimbursements

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February 28, 2018

In Focus:

Puerto Rico Releases Government Health Plan RFP

Roundup:

Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Consider Work Requirements
Michigan Receives Bids for Behavioral Health Carve-In
New Jersey Medicaid MCOs Expand Service Areas
New Mexico Judge Denies Injunction in Medicaid MCO Awards Dispute
Wisconsin Legislature Passes Exchange Reinsurance Bill
Justice Department to Support Local Officials in Lawsuits Against Opioid Distributors
FDA to Allow Drugs that Reduce Opioid Craving

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February 21, 2018

In Focus:

Washington Releases 2019/2020 Integrated Managed Care RFP

Roundup:

New York Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson to Step Down
Virginia House Budget Plan Includes Medicaid Expansion with Work Requirements
Michigan To Consider Transitioning Long-Term Care wnto Managed Care
Molina, United Allege Bias in New Mexico Medicaid Contract Awards, State Responds
Kansas Hit with Lawsuit Over Medicaid Denials of Hepatitis C Drugs
New York Catholic Diocese Opposes Governor's Proposal for Fidelis Proceeds
Nebraska Names Matthew Van Patton Medicaid Director
Ohio Medicaid Agency Releases Draft 1115 Waiver with Work Requirements
Alaska State Senators Introduce Medicaid Work Requirements Bill

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February 14, 2018

In Focus:

Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers

Roundup:

Puerto Rico Releases Medicaid Managed Care RFP
Florida Receives Bids from 8 Medicaid Dental Plans
Mississippi House Passes Bill to Rebid Medicaid Managed Care Program
Missouri Hospitals Win Lawsuit Over DSH Allotment Rule
New Jersey Provides MLTSS Update
New York Senate Opposes Governor’s Proposed Health Insurance Tax
Virginia Awards NEMT Contract to LogistiCare
CMS Is Developing Medicaid Scorecard
Budget Deal Further Extends CHIP Funding

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February 7, 2018

In Focus:

CMS Renews Healthy Indiana Plan Through 2021

Roundup:

Texas Lawmaker Calls for Investigation of Medicaid Managed Care Contract Oversight
Wisconsin Moves to Mandatory Enrollment for Certain SSI Beneficiaries
Trusted Health Plan Responds to Iowa RFP
Molina Protests New Mexico Contract Loss, Is Invited to Negotiate in Florida Region 11 Only
Tennessee Wins Federal Approval for Drug Management Pilot
Trump Administration Considers Lifetime Coverage Limits for Medicaid
Republicans Abandon ACA Repeal and Replace For Now
CMS to Release Rural Health Strategy for Providers

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January 31, 2018

In Focus:

Texas Draft STAR and CHIP Managed Care Services RFP

Roundup:

Alabama to Release RFP for Medicaid LTSS Integrated Care Networks
Arizona Attracts 7 Bidders for Medicaid Managed Care RFP
Florida Budget Proposal Calls for Redistribution of Hospital Funding
Kansas Governor Scraps KanCare 2.0
Mississippi Reconsiders Medicaid Provider Cuts
Governor Cuomo Announces $700 Millions Award for One Brooklyn Health
Utah Release Medicaid Dental Managed Care RFP
Virginia Considers Medicaid Expansion with Work Requirements

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January 24, 2018

In Focus:

Texas Receives 1115 Waiver Renewal

Roundup:

CHIP Reauthorized for Six Years
Senate Approves Azar as HHS Secretary
CMS Deputy Administrator Brian Neale To Resign
New Mexico Awards Centennial Care MCO Contracts
Oregon Voters Approve Tax on Hospitals, Insurers To Fund Medicaid Expansion
Alabama, Ohio Consider Medicaid Work Requirements
Louisiana Health Secretary Opposes Medicaid Work Requirements
Mississippi Medicaid Reauthorization Bill to Cut Provider Reimbursement By 5 Percent
North Carolina Releases List of Managed Care RFI Respondents

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January 17, 2018

In Focus:

Kentucky 1115 Waiver with Work Requirements

Roundup:

California Approves Aetna's Entry Into Medi-Cal Market
Illinois Medicaid Sued Over Low Nursing Home Rates
Louisiana Considers Medicaid Work Requirements
Massachusetts Lawmakers Call for Investigation of Kindred Healthcare
New York Budget Proposal Contemplates For-profit Conversion and MCO Profit Fees
Pennsylvania Governor Declares Opioid Epidemic a Statewide Public Health Disaster

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January 10, 2018

In Focus:

Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment Update - Q4 2017

Roundup:

Mississippi Obtains Approval for First Ever 10-Year Medicaid Waiver
Arizona Submits Waiver Request for Medicaid Work Requirements, Lifetime Limit.
California Restores Medi-Cal Coverage of Certain Dental Services
Illinois Begins Implementing HealthChoice Medicaid Managed Care
Iowa Considers Adding a Fourth Medicaid Managed Care Plan
Michigan Seeks Renewal of Medicaid Expansion Waiver
Molina Confirms Loss of New Mexico Medicaid Managed Care Contract
South Dakota to Seek Medicaid Work Requirements
Texas Obtains Five-Year Medicaid Waiver Renewal

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