Florida seeks bids for $38B Medicaid program

Florida is seeking proposals for payers to manage its $38 billion Medicaid program. 

The state is overhauling some aspects of its program, including reducing the number of contract regions from 11 to nine, and adding "plus" plans that allow families to access specialty and long-term care benefits through one plan. 

According to solicitation documents published by Florida's healthcare administration agency April 11, the agency plans to award contracts by December. 

The state is seeking plans with "innovative and evidence-based approaches" to achieving healthy birth outcomes for mothers and infants, improving childhood and adolescent mental health, and home and community-based services, according to the request for proposals. 

Most major payers currently have contracts to manage the state's Medicaid program, including Centene subsidiary Sunshine Health, Humana, Molina Healthcare, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and Elevance Health subsidiary Simply Healthcare. 

Payers must submit bids to the state by Aug. 15. 

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