June 13, 2023
Access & Coverage | Tea Leaves
  • The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) announced new flexibilities for states to use during the Medicaid redeterminations process, as Secretary Xavier Becerra expressed concern at the number of enrollees removed from the program. The expanded flexibilities allow managed care plans to assist beneficiaries with enrollment, including with filling out some of the renewal forms, and enable state Medicaid agencies to pause an administrative termination for one month to allow for more outreach to individuals. Pharmacies and community-based organizations will also be allowed to assist those who lost coverage due to administrative reasons with re-enrollment. (Article here)
  • Uber’s health care arm has added grocery and over-the-counter pharmacy product delivery to its growing list of services. The move comes just two months after it rolled out same-day prescription delivery services as the ride-share giant leverages its logistics muscle and mobility solutions to deepen its relationships with providers and payers. Payers and providers nationwide will be able to use the same platform they already use for non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) and prescription delivery to have groceries and OTC items delivered directly to patient homes, facilitated by Uber Eats, according to the company in a press release. The service is slated to roll out for the 2024 benefit year, executives said. (Articles here and here)