The Louisiana Department of Health is seeking public input as the State moves towards improving its Medicaid managed care program. Those who are interested in learning more about the department's plans are invited to attend one of three forums scheduled this week.
Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee will be attending the March 15 forum in Lafayette.
The forums will allow participants to learn about, and provide input on, Medicaid’s next Request for Proposals (RFP) for new Medicaid-managed care contracts. This competitive process will begin in early 2019. The meetings will be held at the following dates, locations and times:
Our Lady of the Lake, Main Auditorium
5000 Hennessey Blvd., Baton Rouge
6 pm to 8 pm
Lafayette General Hospital, Administrative Office
920 W. Pinhook Road
6 pm to 8 pm
"The future managed care approach will emphasize rewarding providers for better care, improving whole-person care and excelling at population health management," said Gee.
With more than 1.5 million Louisiana residents enrolled in Healthy Louisiana, Medicaid’s managed care program, the Department of Health is committed to designing a procurement to find the best health plan partners to achieve the “Triple Aim” of better care, better health, and lower costs in the Medicaid program.
“The Department is early in the policy development and information gathering stage for this future procurement and looks forward to public input in the design process,” said Jen Steele, Medicaid director.
Currently, the state has contracts with five managed care plans to provide specific Medicaid benefits and services to eligible children and adults in Louisiana.
The current Medicaid-managed care contracts will expire on December 31, 2019, and the new Medicaid managed care contracts formed through the RFP will be in place for January 1, 2020.
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