State Medicaid budget issues show promise in Colorado -- where a cost savings program may be working -- and North Carolina -- where the program has spent less than anticipated.
The Denver Post: Key Medicaid Reform Effort In Colorado Shows Promising Savings
Colorado's key Medicaid-reform effort -- matching thousands of state-supported patients to "medical homes" and careful case management -- is showing promising savings, health officials will report to the legislature this fall. More than 128,000 Medicaid clients are enrolled in seven case management regions, and preliminary data for the first six months of billing shows a 14 percent drop for inpatient hospital stays among children, state officials said (Booth, 9/12).
North Carolina Health News: Medicaid Program In The Black -- Just
Spending in the state's Medicaid program is down slightly in the past two months, a state health official told lawmakers Tuesday. During a meeting of the Health and Human Services oversight committee at the state legislature, Medicaid chief business officer Steve Owen told lawmakers that compared to budget projections, the program had spent about $4 million dollars less than forecast (Hoban, 9/11).
In the meantime, a fight brews between Arkansas's governor and the legislature over whether to implement the health law's Medicaid expansion there --