Morning Rounds for Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 – Special Guest Editors: NCMS Legislative Team

It’s Monday! Here’s your special, guest-edited version of the NCMS Morning Rounds.

Our legislative team is in charge today — enjoy their take on the Morning Rounds!

Sept. 9, 2019

Medicaid Transformation
By Smith Anderson Law Firm, NCMS Legislative Counsel

On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced that it will extend open enrollment for all Medicaid beneficiaries to December 13, 2019, and move to an entire statewide transition to managed care on February 1, 2020, for all 100 counties. Originally, the state’s managed care system was to have gone online for Medicaid enrollees in 27 counties on November 1, 2019, with the remainder of the state following suit in 2020. However, without state funding to cover the transition of the state’s Medicaid population from the current fee-for-service system to managed care coverage, DHHS will have to delay the fall start date for the Medicaid transformation process.

“Without a new budget…we do not have the ability to go live with managed care,” said DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen. “We’re still committed to managed care. I don’t want there to be any confusion about that.” Sec. Cohen also suggested the updated rollout schedule could be revisited if a budget is not passed by mid-November.

Last week, however, the legislature passed a stand-alone spending measure containing nearly half a billion dollars in Medicaid transition funding in HB 555—Medicaid Transformation Implementation.  Gov. Cooper then vetoed the “mini-budget” on Friday afternoon and stated that health care is an area where North Carolina needs to do more comprehensively. With this veto, the Governor demonstrates his continued commitment to Medicaid expansion, which is the main point of disagreement between the executive and legislative branches and has stalled broader budget negotiations.

NC General Assembly Maps to be Redrawn
By Sue Ann Forrest, NCMS Staff

Last Tuesday, a bipartisan three-judge panel unanimously ruled that the North Carolina maps for both the North Carolina General Assembly House and Senate districts were unconstitutional and must be redrawn by September 18. The 357-page court ruling found that the current maps violate the state constitution’s free elections and equal protections under the law provisions.

This gives the legislature just two weeks to redraw the lines without using party affiliation or election data. The court has retained the ability to move the primary date for all of the state’s 2020 primaries. The first committee meeting will begin today at 10:30am. You can listen to the discussion here. NCMS will continue to update you on the results of these committee meetings.

NCMS LEAD Conference – Legislative Breakfast
By Sue Ann Forrest, NCMS Staff

On Friday, October 4th, the 2019 NCMS LEAD Health Care Conference will kick off with a breakfast session for all attendees featuring North Carolina General Assembly members from across the state.

Invited guests include:

Learn firsthand what legislators see as successes for health policy during this past legislative session, and their views on the toughest challenges ahead. You do not want to miss this discussion! Haven’t registered for the LEAD Conference yet? Register now!

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Learning Opportunity

NCMS LEAD Health Care Conference, Oct. 3-4, 2019 – 8 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM available. Register now for the NCMS’ LEAD Health Care Conference!  Early-bird discounts for registration end on September 15!

 
 

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