Maine: Report Finds Medicaid Expansion Would Create State Savings and Revenue Gains

A new Manatt report commissioned by the Maine Health Access Foundation estimates that expanding Medicaid in Maine would result in more than $26.7 million in net savings and revenue gains to the State in 2016. Savings would mostly come from enhanced federal matching funds for some current Medicaid enrollees and replacing State General Funds with Medicaid funds. Revenue gains would result from increased hospital tax revenues generated by increased hospital payments due to expansion.

Massachusetts: Health Department Creates New Unit Focused on Medicaid Cost Containment and Payment Reform

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced the creation of a new unit focused on payment reform as the Commonwealth's Medicaid program, MassHealth, grapples with a large estimated increase in annual spending. The three-member unit is tasked with transitioning the Medicaid program from a fee-for-service system towards one that offers incentives to providers to manage population heath.

New York: Marketplace Invites Health Insurers to Offer Plans through Basic Health Program

The NY State of Health announced its Basic Health Program, an optional program established under the Affordable Care Act, and invited health insurers to participate for the 2016 coverage year. The Basic Health Program option gives states the flexibility to provide more affordable coverage options than would otherwise be available to individuals with incomes generally between 138% and 200% of the federal poverty level. New Yorkers will enroll in the Basic Health Program through the NY State of Health during the next open enrollment period beginning November 1, 2015 for coverage that begins on January 1, 2016. New York is the second state, after Minnesota, to exercise the Basic Health Program option.