The big news today is clear: the feds have finally tied LIP negotiations to Medicaid expansion.
There had long been rumor that the federal government had been linking the two, but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services made it official today. For all the background on that, check out our story here, but we also wanted to use a trove of emails between CMS and AHCA officials to put together a timeline of the LIP negotiations.
The emails came in a records request submitted by the Daily News/Tribune Capitol Bureau.
They outline the past few months of negotiations. From a February realization that LIP won’t be funded – “Call me now!” – to today’s crystal clear indication from House Republicans that they will not be backing down. Between those events are talking points, re-crafted statements, and LIP briefings.
Not getting into the background of the issue in this post, so if you need a refresher make sure you read today’s story.
Below are the pertinent emails that came as part of the records request. The timeline includes the email’s date and a brief description.
Here’s the cast of characters referenced in the timeline:
- AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek
- Justin Senior, AHCA’s top Medicaid official
- Vikki Wachino, acting director for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Original article and documents here.