Weekly Roundup

October 9, 2013

In Focus:

Highlights from Kaiser/HMA 50-State Medicaid Directors Survey

Roundup:

Tennessee Medicaid managed care RFP released
Georgia Medicaid ABD RFP release delayed
Michigan Duals RFP bidders revealed
Illinois Medicaid ABD managed care roll-out underway
Texas released draft RFP for non-emergency medical transportation
New York updates Medicaid behavioral health redesign
Vermont Medicaid Waiver extension approved
Washington Marketplace enrollment shows Medicaid woodwork impact

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October 2, 2013

In Focus:

New York Health Insurance Marketplace: Plans and Premiums

Roundup:

Technical Glitches Mark Exchange Launches, Largely Due to High Volumes
CMS Approves Arkansas’ “Private Option” Waiver
Florida Releases MMA Notices of Intent to Protest
Idaho Behavioral Health Plan Transitions to Optum
Excellus Considers Withdrawal from Medicaid Managed Care in New York
North Carolina Names New Medicaid Director
Pennsylvania Engages Stakeholders on Health PA Proposal
Puerto Rico Health Care Reform Update
HHS Contingency Plan Could Furlough More than Half of Its Employees

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September 25, 2013

In Focus:

NCQA Releases Annual Medicaid MCO Rankings

Roundup:

Florida announces Medicaid managed care awards
Idaho reevaluates participation in duals demo
Indiana awards Care Select contracts
Illinois announces recommended Exchange plans
New York MLTC expansion continues
North Carolina Medicaid Director resigns
Pennsylvania to consider MLTC
CMS issues Basic Health Plan proposed rule
Federally facilitated exchange premium information released

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September 18, 2013

In Focus:

Pennsylvania Announces Plan for Expanding Health Insurance Coverage

Roundup:

South Carolina duals plan applications revealed
Massachusetts, Arizona, Maine, West Virginia, and Oklahoma announce exchange plans
Arkansas issues RFQ to implement shared savings pilot program
Florida Medicaid MCO awards expected Monday
Kentucky announces Medicaid expansion MCO awards
CMS finalizes rule on Medicaid DSH payments
Federal rule mandates minimum wage, overtime pay for home care workers

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September 11, 2013

In Focus:

Oklahoma Premium Assistance Program Extended, Dual Eligible RFI Released

Roundup:

Idaho, Kentucky, Washington announce health insurance exchange plans
New York approves three MLTC plans
Study finds new Medicaid enrollees to be younger, healthier
Federal data hub security testing completed

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September 4, 2013

In Focus:

Louisiana Releases Managed LTSS Concept Paper

Roundup:

Michigan Medicaid expansion bill sent to Governor for signature
Texas announces contract awards for STAR+PLUS rural service areas
Indiana announces one-year extension of Healthy Indiana Plan
Maine hospitals to receive $490 million in backlogged Medicaid payments
New York provides additional details on FIDA program
Washington approves two more plans for exchange participation

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August 28, 2013

In Focus:

New York Finalizes Duals Demonstration MOU with CMS

Roundup:

Michigan Senate passes Medicaid expansion bill
Puerto Rico advances health reforms
Regence withdraws from Idaho duals demonstration
Colorado, Rhode Island, New York, Nebraska announce exchange health plans
New Hampshire revises Medicaid managed care implementation date
California sends Bridge Plan proposal to CMS
Washington officials delay vote on health exchange plans

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August 14, 2013

In Focus:

Hawaii RFP to Consolidate Medicaid Managed Care Contracts

Roundup:

Arkansas files "private option" expansion waiver
Florida provides guidance for Medicare Advantage plans covering duals
Georgia announces state employees' health plan award
Oregon exchange won't accept online applications on October 1
Washington announces Qualified Health Homes
Navigator awards anticipated August 15
Wisconsin submits revised duals demo MOU to CMS
Growth in state tax revenue continues

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August 7, 2013

In Focus:

CMS Targeting Medicaid "Super-Utilizers"

Roundup:

Individual exchange plans announced in 11 states
California announces SHOP plans
New York indicates dual eligible demonstration MOU imminent
Rhode Island updates dual eligible rollout schedule

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July 31, 2013

In Focus:

Michigan Releases Dual Eligible Demonstration RFP

Roundup:

Maryland announces revised Health Insurance Exchange rates
Idaho discloses dual eligible demonstration MCOs
South Carolina moves to open application process for dual eligible MCOs
Michigan Senate Committee unanimously approves Medicaid expansion plan
California substance abuse, New Mexico behavioral health providers investigated for fraud

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