Bob Atlas Quoted in “Medicaid Managed Care Outlook Improves as Ind. Adopts Expansion”

Medicare Advantage News

Bob Atlas, President of EBG Advisors, Inc., was quoted in Medicare Advantage News, in “Medicaid Managed Care Outlook Improves as Ind. Adopts Expansion.”

Following is an excerpt:

All of these and other potential expansions in so called “red” states could mean substantially more Medicaid managed care opportunities for insurers since the Republican administrations want beneficiaries in private plans rather than fee-for-service (FFS) Medicaid, notes Bob Atlas, newly named president of EBG Advisors, a unit of health care law firm Epstein Becker & Green. He is the former president of The Lewin Group, which did pioneering work consulting on Medicaid managed care.

Atlas, who has been working with North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration on developing a Medicaid managed care initiative, notes that not all of the red-state expansion programs will mean more managed care opportunities. He cites as evidence Arkansas’ 2013 CMS-approved adoption of an initiative in which new federal Medicaid funds are used to purchase coverage on the public exchanges rather than in Medicaid itself.

The Obama administration definitely wants to see more red states accept the Medicaid expansion, says Atlas, although he also points out that CMS rejected Indiana’s attempt to become the first state to tie the expansion to specific work requirements for beneficiaries. The Indiana plan nevertheless is more “radical” than those of Arkansas, Michigan and Arizona that preceded it with accepted alternative expansion proposals, he asserts.