Looking back on the first month of 2012, health insurance exchanges (HIXs) continued to consume media outlets and fill legislators’ and lawmakers’ agendas nationwide. In Florida – the state leading the legal battle challenging the legality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – two bills were presented introducing legislation to create a statewide HIX. Thus far, Florida lawmakers have made no effort to begin planning for such an exchange. However, pending the outcome of this March’s Supreme Court hearing on the law, the state may have to succumb to creating the exchange or letting the feds do so on their behalf. It will be interesting to see how things pan out for the state and other states that hold a similar stance on the federal mandate.
Hopefully you caught one or all of last week’s blogs in our series highlighting Deltek’s newly-released report, “Evolving Health Insurance Exchanges.” Whether you have had a chance to check out the report yet or not, mark your calendars for February 26, 2012, from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. EST. Deltek Analyst Amanda White will help you, the vendor community, answer the question: How will the Supreme Court ruling affect states’ efforts with the health insurance exchanges? To register for the free webinar, please click here.
Other January happenings included the release of Arkansas’ long-awaited revised procurement strategy for its replacement Medicaid management information system (MMIS). Also progressing in replacing its Medicaid system, Indiana released a request for proposals (RFP) for its core MMIS. Meanwhile, the state continues to solicit proposals for the related Medicaid Data Warehouse Decision Support System/Business Intelligence (DW/DSS) Solution.
On the social services front, New York released an RFP for the Common Benefit Identification Card (CBIC), which transfers benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Families (TANF), and the Medicaid (MA) program. Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF), which is in the midst of overhauling many of its social services benefit programs, released an invitation to negotiate (ITN) for identification verification services.
The coming months will continue to see controversies surrounding the ACA. States already making headway on HIX implementation will likely continue to do so, even if the Supreme Court decides to overturn the law. Meanwhile, state Medicaid offices will keep chugging along at Medicaid reform efforts and will look to the vendor community to assist in reforming or replacing outdated core systems. As previously mentioned, states like Arkansas, that have struggled with Medicaid reform plans, will continue flushing out plans and drafting solicitations that strive to meet the technological requirements set by the Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA) 2.0 and future 3.0 guidelines.
Once again, don’t forget to register for February’s “Evolving Health Insurance Exchanges” webinar!