California: Marketplace Delays Offering Stand-Alone Adult and Family Dental Coverage

While Covered California had anticipated offering stand-alone adult and family dental coverage starting in January during the 2015 open enrollment period, the Marketplace recently confirmed that stand-alone adult and family dental coverage will not be available through the Marketplace in 2015, as reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune. Technical issues with Covered California’s enrollment system prevented the Marketplace from making these plans available. The Marketplace continues to offer pediatric dental benefits included in qualified health plans and hopes to begin offering stand-alone adult and family dental plans during the 2016 open enrollment period.

Rhode Island: Governor Establishes Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid

Through Executive Order, Governor Gina Raimondo (D) established a working group tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of the State's Medicaid program to identify short and long-term opportunities for delivery system reform. The working group must assess existing programs that have resulted in savings and improved quality and those that consume a disproportionate share of Medicaid dollars; opportunities under the ACA to strengthen fiscal and care delivery models; and State regulations that hinder the modernization of the Medicaid program, among other matters. The working group, whose members will be appointed by the Governor, is expected to deliver a report by the end of April outlining recommendations for consideration in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, with a multi-year transformation plan expected by July 1.