CMS releases report on Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurers’ payment trends

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report on August 11, 2016, entitled, “Changes in ACA Individual Market Costs from 2014 to 2015: Near-Zero Growth Suggests an Improving Risk Pool.” The report states that per member per month (PMPM) paid claims for health insurers in the individual market under the Affordable Care ...

Health Policy News June 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new grant opportunity for states last week.  State insurance regulators across the country are eligible to apply for funding to support planning and implementation of health insurance market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The first article in this edition of Health Policy ...

Alabama’s Regional Care Organization 1115 waiver approval

In May 2013, Act-2013-261, Ala. Code §§ 22-6-150 was passed, advancing the move from a fee-for-service (FFS) system to a managed care program. According to the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Board report issued in January 2013, based on 2011 data, 22 percent of Alabama’s population was Medicaid eligible for a portion of the year.  Additionally, Alabama’s ...

Innovative approaches to Medicaid expansion within the Medicaid managed care delivery system

Much attention has been paid to innovative approaches to coverage of the Medicaid expansion population that leverage the private commercial insurance market for coverage through “premium assistance” programs.  However, other states have turned to the Medicaid managed care delivery system as the vehicle for implementing innovative coverage designs for the newly eligible population.  As outlined ...

CMS announces the release of $22 Million in Health Insurance Enforcement and Consumer Protections grant funding

On June 15, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced the release of $22 million in grant funding for State planning and implementing of the health insurance market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The grants are aimed at helping States ensure their laws, regulations and procedures are in line with ...

Health Policy News April 2016

Last summer, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a comprehensive overhaul of the regulations governing Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care. With the final version released earlier this week, the next two issues of Health Policy News will focus on Medicaid Managed Care. This month, we recap the proposed ...

CMS announces extension of SHOP direct enrollment transition

On April 18, 2016, CMS released guidance entitled “Extension of state-based SHOP Direct Enrollment Transition,” which extends the option of direct enrollment until the end of 2018 giving state based SHOPs more time to make online enrollment available. In order to allow facilitation of enrollment without SHOP portal functionality, CMS has allowed states to direct ...

Final Medicaid Managed Care Rules

CMS released a proposed overhaul of the regulations governing Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care last May and accepted comments through July. In addition to their sweeping impact, these rules are particularly meaningful as they are the first major changes to the rules governing Medicaid Managed Care since 2002. As states agencies and others review the ...

CMS announces CPC+ primary care model

On April 11, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model.   The CPC+ model, which builds on the CPC model launched in October 2012, is designed to align Medicare, state Medicaid agencies, and commercial insurance payers to achieve comprehensive, coordinated primary care, especially for patients ...

CMS finalizes mental health parity rules

On March 30, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final rules on mental health/substance use disorder parity requirements applicable to Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), Medicaid alternative benefit plans (ABPs), and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   The final Medicaid/CHIP rules are based on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction ...

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