Webinar: Improving Care for Dual Eligibles: How States are Innovating through Medicare Advantage D-SNP Plans

Date and Time: January 9, 2017 from 1:30-2:30 Eastern

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This webinar will explore how states can use contracts with Medicare Advantage “D-SNP” plans to improve care for dual eligibles, advance Medicare-Medicaid alignment, and support broader payment and delivery system reform. Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) are Medicare Advantage plans that serve individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. To operate in a state, D-SNP plans are required to have a contract with the state that describes the plans’ responsibility to coordinate Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

After a brief review of relevant D-SNP policies by CMS, speakers from Arizona, Minnesota, and Tennessee will discuss how their states have developed and implemented D-SNP contracts to align health plan coverage under Medicare and Medicaid, link D-SNP plans to Medicaid managed services and supports (MLTSS) programs, and facilitate information sharing, among other goals.


  • Nishamarie Sherry Romanik, Director, Division of Policy Analysis and Planning, Medicare Drug & Health Plan Contract Administration Group, Center for Medicare, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Tom Betlach, Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
  • Gretchen Ulbee, Manager, Special Needs Purchasing, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Patti Killingsworth, Assistant Commissioner and Long Term Care Chief, TennCare Bureau, Department of Finance and Administration, State of Tennessee
  • Trish Riley, Executive Director, NASHP, moderator

In addition to joining the Webinar, see NASHP’s recent report, A Federal-State Discourse on Aligning Health Care Payment and Delivery to Improve Care for Dual Eligibles.