Health Plans Chosen For Florida Medicaid Makeover

Health Plans Chosen For Florida Medicaid Makeover

In another step toward transforming Medicaid into a statewide managed-care system, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration said Tuesday it has chosen five health plans to provide coverage to seniors who need long-term care.

The announcement came after a months-long bidding process that included HMOs and other types of managed-care plans competing in 11 regions of the state. While losing plans can still launch bid protests, AHCA expects to start using the new long term-care system in August in the Orlando area — and would gradually expand to other parts of Florida.

The state also still needs federal approval of what is known as a “waiver” for the long-term care changes, but Medicaid director Justin Senior said he is optimistic that will occur by a Feb. 7 deadline.

“The Agency has selected plans that will be able to meet the needs of the recipients we serve and be good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to beginning to work with the selected plans and to finalizing negotiations with CMS (the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) for waiver approval within the next several weeks.”

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