Public comments on Medicaid Managed Care due Monday; National Council releases template
July 22, 2015
Sharing a time-sensitive announcement from our colleagues at the National Council ~
The public comment period for a new proposed rule on Medicaid managed care closes Monday, July 27. The National Council today released a template comment letter for member organizations and other stakeholders to draw from in submitting their own comments.
The proposed rule makes extensive updates to managed care plans operating under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This is the first major update to applicable regulations since 2003.
The National Council’s comments touch on key elements of the rule that will affect mental health and addiction treatment providers, including:
Clarifying the proposed exception to the IMD exclusion;
Bolstering network adequacy requirements for mental health and addiction providers;
Strengthening formulary requirements to protect patients’ access to medications;
Clarifying plans’ ability to provide health IT incentive payments to behavioral health providers;