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  • In deference to Miracle Max, after last week’s failed votes on “Repeal and Replace, ” “Straight Repeal, ” and “Skinny Repeal, ” the GOP’s efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through budget reconciliation appear to be at least Read More
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    Alabama to Pursue an Alternative to Regional Care Organizations

    Colorado Issues Regional Accountable Entities RFP

    Florida Releases Medicaid Prepaid Dental Program RFI

    Illinois Begins Making Overdue Payments to Medicaid Plans

    Indiana Issues RFI for FFS Medicaid PBM

    New York Provides DSRIP Year 2 Results

    Pennsylvania Delays HealthChoices Implementation

    Centurion Retains Tennessee Correctional Health Contract

    CMS Outlines DSH Funding Reductions Set to Begin in October

  • This week, our In Focus section reviews the request for proposals (RFP) issued by the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) for the Medallion 4.0 Medicaid managed care program. Medallion 4.0 will serve roughly 740, 000 children, including those Read More
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    Mississippi True, Anthem Protest Medicaid MCO Awards

    Nebraska, Montana Propose Medicaid Provider Payment Cuts

    New York Demonstrates Progress in Reducing Avoidable Hospital Use

    New York Awards Contract to Administer Medicaid Insurance Programs

    Medicaid Expansion States See Decline in Unpaid Medical Bills, Higher Financial Satisfaction

  • This week, our In Focus section reviews the Invitations to Negotiate (ITNs) issued on July 14, 2017, by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to re-procure its managed care vendors. The ITNs will involve separate and simultaneous regional Read More
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    Virginia Releases Medallion 4.0 Statewide Medicaid Managed Care RFP

    Arkansas Submits Waiver Rolling Back Medicaid Expansion, Adding Work Requirement

    Aetna, CCPN Sign Network Agreement in Rural North Carolina

    Ohio Developing 1332 Innovation Waiver to Eliminate Individual, Employer Mandates

    Texas STAR+PLUS, STAR, CHIP Operational Start Dates Aligned to September 2019

    CMS Proposes to Reduce 340B Drug Payments to Hospitals

  • This week, our In Focus section reviews recent Medicaid enrollment trends in capitated, risk-based managed care in 27 states. Many state Medicaid agencies elect to post monthly enrollment figures by health plan for their Medicaid managed care population to Read More
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    CMS Approves Alaska’s 1332 Waiver for Reinsurance Program

    Illinois House Overrides Budget Veto After Two-Year Stalemate

    New York Legislative Session Summary

    New York Releases Draft Application for Care Coordination Organizations for People with I/DD

    Oregon County Sees 17 Percent Drop in Cardiac Arrests After Medicaid Expansion

    Pennsylvania DHS Secretary Leaves Wolf Administration for Geisinger Health

    Texas HHS Deputy Executive Commissioner to Step Down

    Wisconsin Family Care and IRIS Managed Care Contracts for Dane County Awarded

    Study: Medicaid Beneficiaries Satisfied with Coverage, Care

  • This week, our In Focus section comes to us from HMA Senior Fellow Jack Meyer, PhD, and Senior Consultant Rachel Patterson, both of HMA’s Washington, DC office, with contributions from HMA colleagues Eileen Ellis, Melisa Byrd, Kathleen Nolan, Tim Beger, Read More
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    California Single-Payer Bill Dies

    Delaware Identifies RFQ Respondents

    Florida ITN to be Released July 14, 2017

    Massachusetts Co-op Seeks Shift to For-Profit Status

    Texas IDD Managed Care Pilot Contract Awards Announced

    Senate Delays Health Bill Vote Until After July 4 Recess

    CBO Projects 22 Million Would Lose Health Care Coverage under Senate Bill; Federal Deficit Reduced by $321 Billion

  • This week, our In Focus section highlights some of the key findings of the Fiscal Survey of the States Spring 2017, released this month by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). The association conducted surveys of state budget Read More
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    MississippiCAN Medicaid MCO Awards Announced

    Virginia Medicaid MCO RFP to be Released Early Summer

    Florida Governor Signs Nursing Home Reimbursement Bill

    MDwise to Exit Indiana Exchange in 2018

    Nevada Governor Vetoes Medicaid-for-All Bill

    Kansas Governor Signs Bill Reversing Some Rate Reductions

    Maryland’s Evergreen Health Approved for Acquisition, For-Profit Conversion

    MACPAC Publishes June 2017 Report to Congress

  • This week, our In Focus section reviews publicly available data on enrollment in capitated financial and administrative alignment demonstrations (“Duals Demonstrations”) for beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid (duals) in 10 states: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Read More
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    Oklahoma Cancels SoonerHealth+ Procurement

    Illinois to Delay Medicaid Managed Care Awards

    Iowa Proposes Waiver to Stablize Exchange Market

    Ohio Senate Proposes Medicaid Cuts To Fill Budget Gap

    States Continue to Lag in Shift to HCBS, Report Says

    AHCA Could Result in 13 Million More Uninsured, Per Actuary Report

  • This week, our In Focus section comes to us from HMA Principal Dianne Longley, of our Austin, Texas, office. Dianne provides an update on and summary of the Texas Legislature’s adoption of a state fiscal year (SFY) 2018-2019 budget, as Read More
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    California Senate Approves Bill to Establish Single-Payer Health System

    Colorado Governor Signs Medicaid Home Health, Conflict-Free Case Management Bills

    Michigan Children’s Medicaid Dental Care RFP Released

    Nevada Legislature Passes Bill to Create Medicaid Buy-in Program

    New York Governor Promulgates Emergency Regulations to Protect Health Insurance Coverage

    Anthem to Exit Ohio Exchange Market Statewide in 2018

    West Virginia to Transition Medicaid Pharmacy Benefits Back to Fee-For-Service

  • This week, our In Focus section highlights a recent Health Affairs blog post authored by HMA Senior Advisor Vern K. Smith, PhD, titled “Can States Survive The Per Capita Medicaid Caps In The AHCA?” The blog post, originally posted by Read More
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    DC Announces Intent to Award Medicaid MCO Contracts

    Indiana Adds Work Requirement to HIP 2.0 Waiver Extension Application

    BCBS of Kansas City Announces Missouri Exchange Exit

    Nebraska Dental Managed Care Contract Awarded to MCNA

    New Jersey Bill Would Establish Medicaid Reimbursement Rate for Personal Care Services

    New Mexico MCO Procurement Schedule Announced

    Ohio AG Files Lawsuits Against Five Drug Companies Over Opioid Epidemic

    Texas Legislature Passes Budget, Reducing Medicaid Spending by $1.9 Billion

  • This week, our In Focus section previews the agenda for HMA’s second conference in a series on the future of state-sponsored health care, to be held September 11–12, 2017, at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Waivers, block Read More
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    Washington Awards Managed Care Contracts for North Central Region

    Indiana Medicaid Director Moser Resigns

    Missouri Governor Names Corsi DSS Director

    BCBS-NC, Anthem to Jointly Bid For North Carolina Medicaid Managed Care Contract

    Pennsylvania Governor to Nominate Insurance Commissioner as Inaugural DHHS Secretary

    CBO Publishes Score of House Republican AHCA Bill

    President’s Budget Proposal Reduces Medicaid Funding by $610 Billion Over Next Decade

    Senators Propose Easing Restrictions on Medicaid Reimbursement for Substance Use Treatment