Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sebelius Lends Support for Efficient Medicaid Programs

February 3, 2011

Today, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to governors outlining the flexibility and support available to states that are examining how to make Medicaid programs more efficient while meeting pressing health care challenges in the face of difficult budget circumstances.  She notes in particular that dual eligibles -- those eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare -- are an expensive population where costs can be lowered.

AHCA/NCAL continues to be concerned about the focus on dual eligibles as a way to contain costs. While we support integrated, coordinated care, we do not believe that a merging of the Medicare and Medicaid program at the state level would be an effective and safe means of caring for this vulnerable population unless many safeguards are included and standards of accountability are strengthened. 
For more information, read the full letter available on the HHS website.

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