The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) received about 175 global waiver proposals to transform Medicaid. Proposals can be grouped into categories, including behavioral health, care coordination for high utilizer follow up to chronic care, family planning and pregnancy, chronic conditions, value-based purchasing, telemedicine, housing and social supports, dental care, and end-of-life planning. Click here to view the HCA’s website listing the received proposals. WSHA submitted four proposals, found here.
HCA will accept public comment on these until Feb. 21. From 1-3 pm Feb. 4, the HCA will host a webinar to discuss the next steps for the proposals. Click here to register. HCA will narrow down the project proposals to a smaller menu and negotiate with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In December, HCA released a broad call for proposals to assist in identifying areas the state will pursue in a global waiver to draw $3 billion from CMS. (Chelene Whiteaker)