Medicaid Reform Moves Forward in Wyoming

Date: December 21, 2012||   0  Comments

Wyoming, expansion, MedicaidWyoming lawmakers will begin discussions next month on a reform package designed to address escalating costs in the state’s Medicaid program.

The legislation would encourage healthier lifestyles among Medicaid recipients and reduce unnecessary emergency room visits. It would also create incentives for health care providers to meet certain outcomes for patients.

The Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee agreed Friday to sponsor the legislation. The bill is based on a lengthy Health Department study of ways to improve Medicaid.

“Our objective is to bring the Medicaid budget under control without taking a whack out of [health care] provider reimbursement, which can cause all sorts of trouble,” said Sen. Charles Scott, the Natrona County Republican who co-chairs the committee. “And I think it will succeed at that.”

State officials already expect to spend more than a half-billion dollars on Medicaid during the current, two-year budget cycle. Roughly 77,000 poor and medically needy people in Wyoming used the program during the last fiscal year.

via Casper Star-Tribune

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