ACAP Statement on Proposed Medicaid Managed Care Regulation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2019
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WASHINGTON—Margaret A. Murray, CEO of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), offered the following statement on the proposed regulations for Medicaid managed care, on which ACAP submitted comments on January 14:
“ACAP is pleased to have the opportunity to comment on these proposed regulations, which update several of the rules of the road for Medicaid managed care plans.
“One area in which CMS has shown tremendous leadership in recent years is in increasing transparency and oversight between the Federal government and states. While we’re glad for this development, ACAP strongly believes that this regulation could go much further in providing insight into interactions between states and plans, especially with regards to rate-setting. States should provide plans and others more insight.”
“Network adequacy standards must preserve access to the providers and services upon which Medicaid beneficiaries depend. We appreciate the intent of CMS to provide more flexibility with respect to network adequacy, and that the update takes the growing use of telemedicine into account.
“Finally, states and plans have committed substantial resources to implementation of the final 2016 rule. CMS should strive to clarify and ensure fair implementation timeframes for the changes entailed in this proposed regulation.”
To read ACAP’s comments in full, visit communityplans.net.
ACAP represents 60 not-for-profit Safety Net Health Plans in 29 states, which collectively serve more than 20 million people enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and other public health programs. For more information, visit www.communityplans.net.