Friday, April 29, 2011

HMOs Await Medicaid Recipients in N.J.

I'm probably in the minority, but I don't believe that government has the right to tell people what doctors they can and can't see. Perhaps that's why the Medicaid Reform committee in New York State and others are recommending the Patient-Centered Medical Home for individuals with developmental disability. This model of care ensure coordinated care with members of a health care team, which includes not only the doctors, specialists and other clinicians but the patients and their families.

TRENTON, N.J. — Not content to wait for the state budget to pass in late June, the Department of Human Services is alerting about 200,000 Medicaid recipients — many with developmental or mental disabilities — that they will be required to enroll in an HMO.
Gov. Chris Christie's administration anticipates the move will save about $41 million over the budget year that begins July 1.
But at least one advocacy group is worried people with complicated medical histories will be forced to find new doctors or new drugs, disrupting their care.

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