September 26,2014

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Bipartisan, Bicameral Committee Leaders Seek Best Practices for Medicaid Managed Care Plans

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent letters to organizations representing Medicaid health plans seeking input on best practices related to access to and quality of care. The leaders hope to gain a better understanding of the role of managed care plans in Medicaid and learn from innovative methods used to serve different populations covered under the program.

The letter reads, “Today, the Medicaid program provides health coverage to more than 67 million people, with over half of those individuals receiving coverage through a private managed care plan that contracts with a state’s Medicaid program. As a result, we believe it is important for Congress to better understand the growing and evolving role managed care plays in the Medicaid program. … Given the emerging diversity and growth within the program, we are particularly interested in providing private sector partners the opportunity to benefit from the consideration of an array of successful models for patient care.” 

The letters were sent to the Medicaid Health Plans of America, the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, and America’s Health Insurance Plans and were signed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA).

Read the complete letter online here