Iowa: Governor Releases RFP for Medicaid Managed Care Contracts

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for two to four statewide managed care contracts as part of Governor Branstad’s (R) Medicaid Modernization initiative. According to the RFP, the new program will cover the majority of Iowa’s Medicaid and CHIP enrollees as well as the Department of Public Health’s substance abuse services program. Proposals are due May 8. DHS anticipates announcing awardees at the end of July and starting the program January 1, 2016.

Wyoming: Legislature Again Rejects Medicaid Expansion

An amendment to expand Medicaid in the State’s Appropriations Bill, proposed by Representative Dan Zwonitzer (R), failed in a 41 to 15 vote. This amendment was generally considered to be a final attempt to expand Medicaid in this legislative session. Previously, the Wyoming Senate voted to reject Medicaid expansion and the House sponsor of the same legislation withdrew the bill in the House.