Michigan is slowly moving forward on a plan to place its $2.8 billion Medicaid nursing home and long-term care services programs under the management of private health plans, Crain's has learned.
The Medicaid managed long-term care proposal is similar to controversial 2016 budget language that would move the $2.7 billion quasi-public behavioral health system under health plan control over the next several years. Pilot projects are under development this year to test whether integration of mental and physical health saves money, increases services while maintaining quality and access.
In a tersely worded proposal in the 2017-2018 state budget, Section 1857 states: "By July 1 of (2018), the department (Health and Human Services) shall explore the implementation of a managed care long-term support service."
Dom Pallone, director of the Michigan Association of Health Plans, took credit for the language in the current year's budget.