Minnesota Signs Memorandum of Understanding with CMS: Becomes Partner in Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligibles Integration Effort
On September 12, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MDHS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing a Demonstration to Align Administrative Functions for Improvements in Beneficiary Experience (Demonstration). The Demonstration began on September 13, 2013 and will continue until December 31, 2016.
Minnesota is implementing this Demonstration independently of the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) in place in Massachusetts, Washington, Ohio, Illinois, California, Virginia, and New York. Sixteen other states have active MMAI proposals submitted to CMS. Like the MMAI, the Demonstration is a joint federal and state project which seeks to improve care and reduce costs associated with beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, or “dual eligibles.” While Minnesota originally considered the MMAI, the Demonstration will be based on the Minnesota Senior Health Options program (MSHO), an existing program for dual eligibles which focuses on alignment with Medicare Advantage and state Medicaid.