June 19, 2015
Barbara Feder Ostrov, Kaiser Health News
California health officials failed to ensure that more than 9 million residents enrolled in Medicaid managed care plans had access to doctors when they needed them, the state auditor said in a stinging report.
The federal government has crafted the first regulatory change to Medicaid managed care in a decade, as more health plans take the challenge from states to cover growing Medicaid populations at a sustainable cost.
In the first update to federal MCO rules in more than a decade, the government is set to push a range of tweaks, reforms and requirements that could set a new baseline for a bustling public payer segment.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott's high-stakes visit to Washington to persuade the Obama administration to keep the federal government's $1 billion in annual funding for hospital care of the poor produced no breakthrough.