News Briefs: Medicaid MCO Pay Raise Set to Rise in Some States

At least seven states plan to raise capitated payment rates to their contracted Medicaid managed care plans in fiscal year 2025, Modern Healthcare reported. Craig Kennedy, president and CEO of Medicaid Health Plans of America, told the publication that the rates are likely going up “because utilization is increasing post-pandemic.” The article noted that Arizona has proposed a 3% rate increase, California’s draft budget includes a 3.8% hike and Missouri is considering a 2.5% raise for managed care plans. But New York plans to reduce insurer compensation by eliminating a quality bonus program and a 1% pay increase that expires this fiscal year.

Doctors are raising the alarm about how health insurers are making it harder for patients to receive coverage for at-home ventilators, the Associated Press reported. The noninvasive ventilators help patients breathe by forcing air into the lungs, often through a mask, and they cost around $1,200 per month. Chuck Coolidge, chief strategy officer for the respiratory supply company VieMed, told the AP that insurance rejections — including both initial approvals and reauthorizations — have increased for patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. And one neurologist told the news outlet that UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans now deny nearly all initial requests for the ventilators.

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