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Bush Medicaid Panel proposes moving nursing home residents into managed care plans

One of the recommendations that will be included in the final report of the Bush administration’s Medicaid Commission includes moving nursing home residents into managed care plans. The proposal suggests that state should be allowed to enroll some of the sickest Medicaid recipients, including nursing home residents and people with disabilities, in managed care plans. The proposal claims that it gives states greater flexibility in altering benefits and eligibility.

The recommendations have received some criticisms. A Democratic congressman from Michigan dismissed the study panel as a “hand-picked commission stacked against working families.” Additionally, policy director of AARP adds that “in some states, flexibility means cutting benefits.” Policy director of American Association of People with Disabilities also disapproves of the recommendations because people with disabilities have not had good experience with managed care.

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