Weekly Roundup

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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December 20, 2017

In Focus:

Highlights from NASBO Fall 2017 Fiscal Survey of States

Roundup:

Alabama, Connecticut Issue CHIP Warnings
D.C. to Reevaluate Medicaid Managed Care Awards
Idaho Awards NEMT Contract to MTM
Maryland to Expand Community Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Mississippi Medicaid Director Resigns
Oregon CCO FamilyCare to Close

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December 13, 2017

In Focus:

Dual Eligible Financial Alignment Demonstration Enrollment Update

Roundup:

Michigan Study Finds Half of Medicaid Expansion Enrollees Work
New York Medicaid MCO Financial Performance Deteriorated in 2016
Federal Funding for New York’s Essential Plan in Jeopardy
New Mexico Scales Back, Delays Some Proposed Medicaid Cuts
Heather Smith Named Wisconsin Medicaid Director
Hospitals Issue Flood of Bonds Ahead of Tax Overhaul
Exchange Enrollment Lags Prior Years

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December 6, 2017

In Focus:

Texas Issues STAR+PLUS Request for Proposals

Roundup:

Kansas Secretary of Health to Step Down
Illinois Finalizes Contracts with Seven Medicaid Managed Care Plans
21 Florida MCOs Submit Bids for Medicaid Managed Care Procurement
Colorado Expands Access to Hepatitis C Drugs for Medicaid Members

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November 29, 2017

In Focus:

Ballot Initiative Requirements in Non-Medicaid Expansion States

Roundup:

Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Medicaid Expansion Funding
Arkansas Approves Gateway-sponsored PASSE
Florida Gov. Releases Proposed 2018-19 Budget
Suits Force Florida, Missouri to Expand Hepatitis C Treatment
Iowa Health Link RFP Attracts LOIs from Centene, Medica
Iowa Appoints Randol as Medicaid Director
Massachusetts Seeks Waiver to Negotiate Drug Rebates, Exclude Certain Medications
OIG Report Says New Jersey Owes $300 Million for Special Education Services
North Carolina Proposes Medicaid Premiums, Work Requirements in Waiver Amendment

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November 15, 2017

In Focus:

New CMS Guidelines to Expedite Approval of 1115 Waivers and State Plan Amendments

Roundup:

Trump Nominates Alex Azar as Health and Human Services Secretary
Virginia announces medallion 4.0 Medicaid managed care notices of intent to negotiate
Texas Names Muth as New Medicaid Director
New Jersey DHS Expands Behavioral Health Benefits Covered Under NJ Family Care
West Virginia Considers Medicaid Work Requirements for Expansion Population
Senate Finance Committee Adds Repeal of Individual Mandate to Tax Bill
CBO Projects 13 Million Additional Uninsured Following Repeal of Individual Mandate

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