State report: Medicaid Reform experiment unsuccessful listen06/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
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According to a new report, Medicaid reform has not proven it can save money, has not improved medical care for patients and has not given patients more choices.
Because of that, the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability says Governor Charlie Crist and the state Legislature should not expand the reform beyond its experimental population of 200,000 adults and children in Broward County and the Jacksonville area.
According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, the agency’s final report on the pilot program found no area in which the experiment had prospered as former Governer Jeb Bush had hoped when he proposed the plan years ago.
The report also says that the experiment has cost $37 million dollars so far, but has delivered no information on Medicaid savings.
Laura Goodhue is the Executive Director of Florida CHAIN –Community Health Action Information Network. The organization has said for years that the Reform Pilot hasn’t been helping consumers, and in fact may be hurting them.