Last Friday, July 14, 2017, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) released its long awaited Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for State Wide Medicaid Managed Care services. The ITN, one for each of the 11 regions within the state, may be found on the state Vendor Bid System (VBS), the link for which is provided here. This ITN is a reprocurement of the five year program presently in effect for Medicaid beneficiaries in the 11 designated regions of the State and is open to all managed care plans with an interest in providing care and services in these areas. The opening for review of all ITN responses will be done at AHCA on or about November 1, 2017. Award decisions by the State are anticipated to be announced on April 19, 2018. AHCA reserves the right to reject any and all responses or waive minor irregularities when determined to be in the best interest of the State.

Except as provided for below, Respondents, or their agents may not contact, between the release of this ITN and the end of the 72-hour period following the Agency’s posting of its intent to award, any employee or officer of the executive or legislative branch regarding this procurement. Communications shall only be made in writing to the ITN procurement officer, Ms. Jennifer Barrett (jennifer.barrett@ahca.myflorida.com) unless as otherwise directed to by AHCA or the solicitation documents. Any violation of this requirement may constitute grounds for rejection of a managed care plan’s response.

Akerman is pleased to be able to offer this timely update to you, and stands willing to discuss the matter further should you need additional information. For specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the authors.