Medicaid Outsourcing Update
Last week, SMC and Beadles Nursing Home sent out a call for action regarding proposed legislation that would potentially have significant hamful funding consequenses for many healthcare providers, including hospitals, nursing homes, and physicians. See Urgent Action Needed to Oppose Proposed Legislation.
For those following this item, as we understand it, the measure is moving forward in a modified form. Senator Marlatt did share our concerns and the modified measure would allow for a pilot program for outsourcing Medicaid. This would allow that the outcomes of the pilot program be evaluated prior to full scale, state-wide implementation.
While this is not entirely the outcome that was sought, it helps to ensure that if the measure continues favorably through the legislature, healthcare providers and consumers have some input into how the state crafts its future Medicaid program(s).
Thank you to all who responded with calls and other communications to Senator Marlatt's office. And thank you Senator Marlatt for carrying our concerns forward.