Bill S6065-2011

Expands the duties of the special advisory review panel on Medicaid managed care to include other managed care programs

Relates to the membership and expands the duties of the special advisory review panel on Medicaid managed care by including other managed care programs.



  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO HEALTH



TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to the special advisory review panel on Medicaid managed care

PURPOSE: To update the composition and the charge of the Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Review Panel (MMCARP).

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill amends section 364-jj of the Social Services Law to add Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Managed Long Term Care and other public managed-health care plans to the charge of the MMCARP and add two public members with expertise in disabilities and pediatrics. The bill would also have MMCARP review issues of the appropriateness and timeliness of services, the integration of federal health care reform, trends in service denials and demographic data as well as review of federal waiver.

JUSTIFICATION: Since the statute's enactment in 1996, the MMCARP has performed an important function collaboratively working with numerous state officials in monitoring mandatory Medicaid managed care.

Provisions in the 2011-2012 budget will result in the expansion of mandatory Medicaid managed care to vulnerable populations who were previously covered by fee-for-service, including physically and developmentally disabled individuals, children in foster care, and homeless families. There will also be a significant increase in home care beneficiaries enrolled by mandate into managed long term care plans, forcing individuals with complex needs to manage their care in a new delivery system. It is increasingly important that the MMCARP provide an opportunity for monitoring of these programs by a diverse group of stakeholders including consumer advocates, consumers, health plans and providers of services.

This bill will charge MMCARP with monitoring the phase-in schedule for the enrollment of new populations in Medicaid managed care as well as the availability of essential services for these populations. In addition, this bill will increase the public's role in providing feedback on the significant changes soon to be implemented in the Medicaid delivery system. Active monitoring by stakeholders is increasingly important as both amendments to state law and federal health reform lead to increased enrollment in managed care and the implementation of new service delivery models for an increasingly diverse beneficiary population.


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6065 IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 4, 2012 ___________
Introduced by Sens. HANNON, DeFRANCISCO, GALLIVAN, LAVALLE, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to the special advisory review panel on Medicaid managed care THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 364-jj of the social services law, as added by chapter 649 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows: S 364-jj. Special advisory review panel on Medicaid managed care. (a) There is hereby established a special advisory review panel on Medicaid managed care AND RELATED PUBLIC HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS, INCLUDING CHILD HEALTH PLUS, FAMILY HEALTH PLUS, MANAGED LONG TERM CARE PROGRAMS AND RELATED CARE COORDINATION MODELS, MANAGED CARE PROGRAMS DIRECTED AT COORDINATING CARE FOR DUALLY ELIGIBLE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE ENROLLEES, AND OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH COVERAGE CARE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO HEALTH HOMES AND MEDICAL HOMES. The panel shall consist of [nine] ELEVEN members who shall be appointed as follows: [three] FIVE by the governor, one of which shall serve as the chair, TWO OF WHICH SHALL BRING EXPERTISE IN ACCESS ISSUES FACING MEDI- CAID CONSUMERS WITH DISABILITIES, AND ONE OF WHICH SHALL BRING EXPERTISE IN ACCESS ISSUES FACING CHILDREN, AND ONE SHALL BE A MEDICAID BENEFICI- ARY; two each by the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly; and one each by the minority leader of the senate and the minority leader of the assembly. [All members shall be appointed no later than September first, nineteen hundred ninety-six.] Members shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for appropriate expenses. The department shall provide technical assistance and access to data as is required for the panel to effectuate the mission and purposes established herein. THE PANEL SHALL BE REQUIRED TO SEEK PUBLIC COMMENT ON MATTERS WITHIN ITS JURISDICTION. PANEL MEETING TIMES, AGEN- DAS, AND MINUTES SHALL BE POSTED PUBLICLY ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO EACH MEETING.
(b) The panel shall MEET NO LESS THAN SIX TIMES PER YEAR, WITH ADDI- TIONAL SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS AS DEEMED NECESSARY TO ADDRESS SPECIALIZED ISSUES, IN ORDER TO: (i) determine whether there is sufficient managed care provider participation in the Medicaid managed care program AND RELATED PROGRAMS; (ii) determine whether managed care providers meet proper enrollment targets that permit as many Medicaid recipients as possible to make their own health plan decisions, thus minimizing the number of automatic assignments; (iii) review AND DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATENESS OF the phase-in sched- ule, AND THE AVAILABILITY OF SPECIALTY SERVICES for enrollment[,] of ADDITIONAL POPULATIONS AND managed care providers under both the volun- tary and mandatory programs AND EVALUATE STEPS TAKEN TO ENSURE CONTINUI- TY OF CARE DURING AND AFTER THE TRANSITION; (iv) assess the impact of managed care provider marketing and enroll- ment strategies, [and the] INCLUDING public education [campaign conducted in New York city, on enrollees] CAMPAIGNS, ENROLLEE partic- ipation in Medicaid managed care plans AND RELATED PROGRAMS; (v) evaluate the adequacy of managed care provider capacity by review- ing established capacity measurements and monitoring actual access to plan practitioners, INCLUDING TIMELY ACCESS TO SPECIALTY CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND OTHERS IN NEED OF SUCH CARE, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO CAPACITY FOR SERVICES PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED IN THE TRADI- TIONAL FEE FOR SERVICE ENVIRONMENT; (vi) examine the [cost] implications of [populations excluded and exempted from Medicaid managed care; and] FEDERAL HEALTH CARE REFORM ON THE MEDICAID MANAGED CARE PROGRAM AND RELATED PROGRAMS, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE INTEGRATION OF PUBLIC PROGRAM FUNCTIONS WITH SUBSIDIZED PRODUCTS AVAILABLE IN ANY POTENTIAL STATE INSURANCE EXCHANGE AND ANY OTHER SUBSIDIZED PRODUCTS, SUCH AS A BASIC HEALTH PLAN; (vii) EVALUATE TRENDS IN SERVICE DENIALS BY MEDICAID MANAGED CARE PLANS AND RELATED PROGRAMS, ASSESS EFFECTIVENESS OF GRIEVANCE AND APPEAL MECHANISMS FOR CONSUMERS; (VIII) EVALUATE DATA COLLECTION AND REPORTING ON HEALTH CARE ACCESS AND QUALITY BY RACE, ETHNICITY, LANGUAGE, DISABILITY AND OTHER FACTORS AND THE AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES AND PROGRAMS THAT ADDRESS THE DISPARI- TIES IN ACCESS TO CARE AND OUTCOMES OF CARE; (IX) EVALUATE IMPLEMENTATION OF CONSUMER PROTECTIONS; (X) REVIEW WAIVER APPLICATIONS BEFORE ANY DRAFT PROPOSALS ARE SUBMIT- TED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND AMENDMENTS AND STATE PLAN AMENDMENTS RELATED TO TOPICS AND PROGRAMS WITHIN ITS JURISDICTION, AND SOLICIT PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROPOSALS; AND (XI) examine other issues as it deems appropriate. (c) Commencing January first, [nineteen hundred ninety-seven] TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN and quarterly thereafter the panel shall [submit a report regarding the status of Medicaid managed care in the state and provide recommendations if it] PROVIDE WRITTEN RECOMMENDATIONS AND INPUT AS IT deems appropriate to the governor, the temporary president and the minority leader of the senate, and the speaker and the minority leader of the assembly ON MATTERS WITHIN ITS JURISDICTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.


blog comments powered by Disqus