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Survey: State Medicaid Programs Increasingly Reliant On Managed Care

The survey, conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that states are turning to managed care programs to control their Medicaid costs.

CQ HealthBeat: State Medicaid Programs May Rely More Heavily On Managed Care, Survey Suggests
States are relying on a fairly heavy dose of managed care to control their Medicaid costs, a new survey says. And they may turn to such plans even more as cost pressures mount and an estimated 16 million more uninsured people get added to the program in 2014 under the health law. The survey also found that the growing reliance on Medicaid managed care in some states is increasing access by poor populations to medical treatment, contrary to the stereotype that such plans cut off access to care (Reichard, 9/13).

Kaiser Health News: Squeezed States Embrace Even More Medicaid Managed Care
Medicaid managed care is blanketing the nation as states look to private health plans for help closing budget gaps, and state officials expect the trend to continue in the state-federal program for the poor, according to a survey released today by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (Weaver, 9/13).

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