Health Plan Weekly

  • 2020 Outlook: Expect Push for Waivers, Medicaid Referendums This Year

    Conservative states are likely to push hard in 2020 for CMS approval of Medicaid waivers that will allow them to implement policies such as work requirements, while voters in some of the 14 states that have not yet expanded Medicaid could tee up referendums that would require expansion, Medicaid observers say.

    Jerry Vitti, founder and CEO of Healthcare Financial, Inc., a company that connects low-income elderly and disabled populations with public benefit programs, says he anticipates additional Medicaid waiver applications from red states.

  • 2020 Outlook: M&A May Slow Somewhat, but Prime Targets Still Abound

    The pace of health care mergers and acquisitions — which ran at a fever pitch in 2018 and 2019 with multiple high-profile and high-value transactions — likely will cool slightly in 2020, given lofty asset prices, diminishing prospects for horizontal deals and the imminent presidential election, industry experts report.

    Insurers are likely to seek out companies with assets such as care management or information technology solutions, while provider consolidation will continue in certain markets.

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