Federal Officials Sign Off On Nebraska’s Plan To Expand Managed Care In Medicaid Program
In other news, the New York governor is weighing a bill that would require Medicaid to pay for donor breast milk for premature babies.
Feds Approve Nebraska HHS Plan To Manage Medicaid Services
Federal officials have approved the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ plan to revamp how Medicaid services are managed in the state. The approval, announced Friday, clears the way for three private companies to manage both physical and mental health care services for Medicaid recipients across the state. ... Heritage Health expands Nebraska’s involvement with Medicaid managed care, which began as a pilot program in 1995. (Stoddard, 10/4)
When Babies Need Donated Breast Milk, Should States Pay?
Taxpayers in New York may soon be covering the cost of a new kind of medicine: breast milk. A bill on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk would require Medicaid to pay for donor breast milk for certain premature babies. The bill reflects a scientific consensus that breast milk can be essential medicine for infants on the cusp of life and death, helping to prevent infection and ensure healthy brain development. (Campbell, 10/4)