Get Medicaid tweaks right

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Georgia is moving forward to enhance medical services and achieve long-term sustainable savings to improve the health of its Medicaid recipients.

Under the current recommendations of the state’s findings report, the plan is to put together some of the most vulnerable populations – including children in foster care, individuals with special needs and those with complex and challenging health conditions – into managed care. This solution may actually worsen the overall greater cost of health care as well as introduce societal costs that could affect both the workplace and family members caring for those with special needs.

It is vital that the state considers its most vulnerable beneficiaries, and that it implements an extensive review of how the current system both effectively and ineffectively cares for these populations. The state needs to devote the time that is needed to expand and extend its thoughtful and meticulous review rather than rush into a quick fix.

Getting it right is in the best interest of all Medicaid beneficiaries, and those who fund it, so that it doesn’t end up costing more down the road.

While the state’s recent report is step one, it certainly does not provide the thorough analysis warranted for such a large and important undertaking.

Laura Willis


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Techfan 06/05/12 - 06:45 am
Do you really think that the

Do you really think that the GOP politicians that run the state care anything about Medicaid beneficiaries?

dichotomy 06/05/12 - 10:47 am

"This solution may actually worsen the overall greater cost of health care as well as introduce societal costs"

Nothing in the letter to back up this statement. Is this opinion or do you have some facts Ms. Willis?

Is it possible that this could also, as your first sentences says, "enhance medical services and achieve long-term sustainable savings to improve the health of its Medicaid recipients"? Which would be a good thing....wouldn't it?

And yes Techfan I do believe that GOP politicians, who are trying to preserve a Medicaid system that is destined to be bankrupt and non-existent if left on it's current course, do care about Medicaid patients. Managed Care is better than "sorry we are broke" no care. Remember, Obamacare will force thousands of more people onto the state Medicaid rolls and will only provide 90% federal funding after 2016. And even that 90% federal funding will be borrowed money. For a program that is already going broke this will be a huge burden on the states. And the taxpayer will be getting screwed on both ends. They will be paying more federal taxes to pay the interest on the 90% federal funding and their state taxes will be raised to pay the other 10%. If managed care will help reduce that costs to the state taxpayers while still providing adequate medical care it is something that has to be tried.....unless you have a better, less expensive alternative. Everybody wants to crucify Republicans for "cutting" programs but some of us realize they are merely living in the reality that we cannot continue to spend money that we do not have. Democrats have NEVER proposed a costs saving measure so SOMEBODY has to be the adults in the crowd....especially with Obamacare coming down the track like an out of control locomotive.

Anyone who is concerned about proposed changes to Medicaid programs at the state level should focus their blame on Obamacare. That's the 800 lb. gorilla in the room that has states frantically looking for ways to implement cost saving measures. Welcome to government controlled healthcare. I hope you did not expect that the people who actually pay the bills to accept these additional burdens without some attempts to reduce the costs. I believe you will find that in a few years what you had was a lot better than what you are going to get.

harley_52 06/05/12 - 12:54 pm
We cannot afford policies

We cannot afford policies that both expand the rolls of the "poor," continue to provide enhanced and ever more expensive health care for those "poor," and expect the skyrocketing costs to be born by a relatively tiny population of hated citizens we sneeringly refer to as "the rich."

Ask yourselves honestly .....for which "poor" do you believe we should pay the healthcare costs? Is it ...a)just American citizens? Is it b) anybody who happens to reside within our borders? Or, is it c) any "poor" person on earth?

If you believe there exists a moral imperative to pay for some "poor" person's healthcare, why not every "poor" person's healthcare?

What about their housing? What about their food? What about all the other aspects of their lives we consider necessary to have a decent life?

KSL 06/06/12 - 05:33 pm
What about the health

What about the health problems of poor decision making?

Retired Army
Retired Army 06/06/12 - 06:09 pm
You mean like those

You mean like those overweight New Yorkers who became that way by sucking up those 32 and 40 oz sugar loaded soft drinks and slurpees?

Oh, wait you can get those anywhere in America last I looked. Just another one of our mindless "Freedums".

For the record, I haven't the sightest idea how anyone can hold one of those things let alone force it down. But you just go right ahead sugah, bless your heart.

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