Alaska awards contract to study Medicaid block grant system and “private option”

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced its intent to award a $100,000 contract to Boston-based Public Consulting Group Inc. to write a “proof of concept paper” analyzing Medicaid program reforms, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported on Wednesday.


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In early May, DHSS issued an IRFP calling for offerors to develop an analysis on an 1115 waiver that incorporates several Medicaid reforms. Language in the IRFP specified that the proof of concept include analysis of a block grant option, work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, and the movement of certain Medicaid beneficiaries to the individual market.

“Alaska’s Medicaid program in its current form is not financially sustainable. While the department has undertaken a series of initiatives (including those outlined in SB 74 which passed the Alaska Legislature in 2016) to address Medicaid program costs, these measures are not sufficient to address the State’s current budget demands,” reads the IRFP.

The analysis must include the cost impacts of these various measures and the likelihood of receiving CMS approval.

The contract calls on Public Consulting Group to complete the paper by the end of June.