May 2 2013
Medicaid programs in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., also make news.
The New York Times: Advocates Say Managed-Care Plans Shun The Most Disabled Medicaid Users
Managed-care companies in New York have come under fire for signing up vigorous older adults referred to them by social day care centers, customers whose health needs are relatively small. But on Tuesday, legal advocates for the disabled told the state's Medicaid director that the most seriously impaired people were getting the opposite treatment (Bernstein, 4/30).
North Carolina Health News: Bill Would Untie Medicaid Benefits From Recipients' Home Counties
Years ago, North Carolina counties paid part of a recipient's Medicaid tab, but that practice was phased out in the past decade. Yet, recipients' benefits are tied to their counties of origin, even if they now live across the state (Hoban, 5/1).
The Washington Post: Thrive Health Plan Approved As Medicaid Contractor
A brand-new health-care firm won the D.C. Council's approval Tuesday to do $542 million in Medicaid business with the city, but not before a legislator accused one of the company's owners of committing perjury by not making required disclosures to insurance regulators (DeBonis, 4/30).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.