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CMS’s 2020 Final Medicaid Managed Care Rule: A Summary of Major Changes

On November 13, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized revisions to the Medicaid managed care regulations which were proposed in November 2018. CMS previously finalized a major revision to these regulations in 2016. The November 2020 final rule is not a wholesale revision of the 2016 regulations but adopts changes in areas including network adequacy, beneficiary protections, quality oversight, and rates and payment.

Federal Medicaid Outlays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This data note analyzes federal Medicaid outlays in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both annual and month-to-month growth rates in federal Medicaid outlays increased during the second half of FFY 2020, reflecting the onset of the pandemic and enhanced federal Medicaid funds.

The Landscape of Medicaid Demonstration Waivers Ahead of the 2020 Election

As the Trump administration reaches the end of its first term, this issue brief considers the landscape of approved and pending Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers under this administration and how the November 2020 presidential election may impact this landscape.

10 Things to Know about Medicaid Managed Care

This brief describes key themes related to the use of comprehensive, risk-based managed care in the Medicaid program and highlights data and trends related to MCO enrollment, service carve-ins, spending, MCO parent firms, provider rates, and state and plan activity related to quality, value-based payments, and the social determinants of health. It also provides important context for the role MCOs play in the Medicaid program overall as well as during the current COVID-19 public health emergency and related economic downturn.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Nursing Homes

This data note presents national data that shows that nursing homes with a high share of Black or Hispanic residents were more likely to have at least one coronavirus case, at least one COVID-19 death, and (among facilities with cases) more severe case outbreaks than facilities with a low share of Black or Hispanic residents. This piece also includes state-level data from 21 states where a sufficient sample of facilities with a high share of Black or Hispanic residents was available.

What Happens to Medicaid Drug Policy if the ACA is Overturned?

The repeal of the ACA could mean loss of Medicaid coverage for up to 15 million that were enrolled in the ACA Medicaid expansion group prior to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, repeal could also mean significant changes to Medicaid prescription drug policy with implications for state and federal spending for prescription drugs for non-expansion Medicaid enrollees.

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