House Moves Major Medicaid Reform Forward

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By Alabama News Network
By Jamie Langley

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The health committee of the Alabama House of Representatives passed its version of the Medicaid revision bill Wednesday. It was the first test of the bill that would eliminate the current "fee-for-service" model.

 

If passed by the full Legislature, the current method of paying providers for service would be replaced by up to eight regional care organizations that would receive a set amount monthly per patient for all services.

 

Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, asked if health care would be lessened or limited. State Health Officer Dr. Donald Williamson assured the committee that there would be no cuts in services. He said getting to appropriate care though transportation and wraparound services would be expanded.

 

The Senate version of the bill will be heard in committee Wednesday afternoon.

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Glynnis Brown said on Friday, Apr 19 at 10:46 PM

My Mother died last month after being literally thrown out of Jackson hospital because her Medicaid ran out. I was called the whole time she was there about her insurance was not enough. The wanted to send her to a hospital in Talladega and I wouldn't sign for her to go. And administrator there told me the day before she died, still questioning when exactly she died told me that she couldnt stay there ANYMORE and told me that they were going bring her to my house where I couldn't have possibly taken care of her without 24 hr care. She was rude and very NASTY. I signed for her to go to a nursing home in Tallassee Monday March 18th and they called me the next day and said she was dead

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