The House health committee passed the Senate version of the Medicaid reorganization bill clearing the way for a vote by the House on Thursday.
During the work session Tuesday, bill sponsor Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jefferson, clarified that nothing in the bill would adversely affect pharmacy operators. He says the State Medicaid Agency will likely administer pharmacy programs on a statewide basis.
Reed affirmed the bill carries a provision that would make it easier for locally based groups to become regional care operators by supplying performance bonds in lieu of large security deposits.
If the Medicaid revision is adopted, the present fee-for-service system will be replaced by a set monthly payment system. Several regional care organizations would administer health care management under the proposed legislation.
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