Molina Project Japan won a contract to serve Medicaid members in two of Florida's 11 regions after challenging the state's initial contract awards, which shut the insurer out of the lucrative Florida Medicaid market.
The American Medical Association's House of Delegates this year took big steps toward addressing gun violence and the opioid epidemic. But other issues, such as sexual misconduct by doctors, made less progress.
Kentucky's Medicaid waiver includes controversial provisions like a work requirement, premium payments and cost-sharing and is slated to go into effect on July 1. The case's outcome could affect the fate of similar Medicaid waivers in several states.
Tennessee drafted a Medicaid waiver to exclude providers that perform abortions from its networks. The move comes just weeks after the Trump administration proposed to block such providers from receiving Title X funds.
The outcome of a lawsuit challenging Kentucky's plan to establish a work requirement and other conditions on its Medicaid population could affect the fate of similar waivers approved by the CMS in Arkansas, Indiana and New Hampshire.
Thousands of physicians have descended on Chicago for the American Medical Association's annual meeting. Medicaid and drug prices are also hot topics for this week.
The Senate Money Committee has dropped, for now, a bill that would ease Medicaid funding for inpatient drug addiction treatment. Still, discussions are ongoing as the House companion version heads toward a floor vote.
The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave final approval to a bill requiring able-bodied adults in the state's Medicaid expansion program to meet work or job-related requirements, sending it to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.
Maine has until June 11 to submit a state plan amendment to the CMS to implement Medicaid expansion. Republican Gov. Paul LePage had tried to block the voter-passed initiative.
The first-of-their-kind scorecards will make it easier to determine if state Medicaid programs are improving their enrollees' health outcomes, the CMS said.
Arkansas launched the nation's first Medicaid work requirement Friday as hospitals, health plans and advocacy groups worried about the challenges in helping tens of thousands of people understand and comply with the complex new rules.
Kentucky's Republican governor is partnering with a former Democratic congressman to help implement the nation's first work requirements for Medicaid. Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will offer work and volunteer opportunities to help beneficiaries keep their coverage.