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Gov. Steve Beshear says Medicaid's managed care program working smoothly in Kentucky
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 3:36 PM EDT
Gov. Steve Beshear says the Medicaid managed-care system is running smoothly, with payments being processed quickly and fewer complaints.
Kentucky moved 560,000 Medicaid recipients into the managed care program in 2011 in a cost-saving move at a time when the Medicaid budget was facing a $142 million shortfall.
Beshear said the only other option to balance the Medicaid budget at the time was to impose 30 percent across-the-board rate cuts to doctors, hospitals and other medical providers, which he didn't want to do.
The managed care program, Beshear said, has resulted in meaningful health management for Medicaid recipients.