~~“The Medicaid program in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) differs from Medicaid programs operating in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Some of the key differences are:
CNMI became a territory in 1978 and its Medicaid program was established in 1979. It is a 100% fee-for-service delivery system with one hospital servicing the territory. There are no deductibles or co-payments under the CNMI Medicaid program and the territory does not administer a Medicare Part D Plan. Instead, the Medicaid program receives an additional grant through the Enhanced Allotment Plan (EAP) which must be utilized solely for the distribution of Part D medications to dual-eligibles.
CNMI operates its Medicaid program under a broad waiver granted under the authority of Section 1902(j) of the Social Security Act. This provision allows the Secretary to waive or modify any requirement of Title XIX, in regards to CNMI’s Medicaid program, with the exception of three: the territory must adhere to the cap set under Section 1108 of the Act; the territory must adhere to the statutory Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP); Federal medical assistance payments may only be made for amounts expended for care and services described in a numbered paragraph of section 1905(a).
Through Section 1108 of the Social Security Act (SSA), each territory is provided base funding to serve their Medicaid populations. For the period of July 1, 2011 through September 30, 2019, Section 2005 of the Affordable Care Act provided an additional $100,139,704 in Medicaid funding to CNMI.
Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, where the federal government will match all Medicaid expenditures at the appropriate federal matching assistance percentage (FMAP) rate for that state, in CNMI, the FMAP is applied until the Medicaid ceiling funds and the Affordable Care Act available funds are exhausted. The statutory FMAP local matching rate increased from 50%/ 50% to 55% federal /45% local, effective July 1, 2011. From January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015 there is a temporary 2.2% FMAP increase for all Medicaid enrollees, bringing CNMI’s FMAP to 57.2%.
CNMI was awarded $9,118,974 million for its Medicaid program in lieu of establishing a health marketplace. CNMI must exhaust its Affordable Care Act (Section 2005) allotment prior to using these funds.”
- Medicaid Agencies