Centene Will Join Delaware in Value-Based, Person-Centered Medicaid Revamp

With a focus on value-based care, health equity and social determinants of health, Delaware this month selected three managed care organizations to serve some 280,000 Medicaid and CHIP recipients through the statewide Diamond State Health Plan and DSHP Plus managed care programs. Incumbents AmeriHealth Caritas and Highmark Health Options Blue Cross Blue Shield were both selected for the new pacts, while Centene Corp.’s Delaware First Health will round out the trio of plans, the state’s Dept. of Health and Social Services (DHSS) said on July 12.

Delaware’s Medicaid managed care program, comprised of DSHP and DSHP Plus, is currently operating under the authority of a Section 1115 demonstration waiver that was most recently extended through Dec. 31, 2023. It provides integrated physical health, behavioral health and long-term services and supports (LTSS) to eligible Medicaid and CHIP enrollees.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues, including drug benefits and specialty pharmacy, for more than a decade. She served as editor of Drug Benefit News (the predecessor to Radar on Drug Benefits) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016, and now manages Radar on Medicare Advantage. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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