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Confluence of State, Federal Activity Prompts Medicaid Talk in Harrisburg

The combination of Congress attempting either to repeal and replace or repair the Affordable Care Act and Pennsylvania facing a multi-billion budget shortfall has led some policy-makers in Harrisburg to begin talking about ways to better manage or reduce the state’s Medicaid costs.

Those costs climbed from $3.9 billion in 2004 to $6 billion in 2014.

House Chamber of the State HouseAmong the possibilities state lawmakers are discussing:  tighter rules for participation, greater efficiency, work and work search requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients, charging premiums for high-income families for which Medicaid provides coverage for their profoundly disabled children, and a pilot program to test whether a recipient care management program might eliminate medical errors, improve recipient health, and reduce health care costs.

Learn more about some of the Medicaid ideas Pennsylvania policy-makers are considering in this PennLive article.

Filed in Pennsylvania Medicaid policy.

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