The state Agency for Health Care Administration is trying to determine which managed-care companies are interested in taking part in a revamped Medicaid system for seniors, reports the News Service of Florida. AHCA on Wednesday sent out a short notice asking for companies to submit a “non-binding letter of intent” about whether they plan to bid for contracts in the new system. Lawmakers last year approved a Medicaid overhaul that eventually would shift almost all beneficiaries statewide into managed-care plans. The state is seeking federal approval of the changes, which would first apply to seniors who need long-term care. Wednesday’s notice is a step toward AHCA issuing what are known as “invitations to negotiate” — a key initial step in the contracting process. The agency says it will issue the invitations this summer in 11 regions of the state. It wants to receive the non-binding letters of intent by April 18.
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