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Medicaid Reform Program updates

Date: November 14, 2006
By: Diana Choksey
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The governor's office has been meeting to develop proposals for the Medicaid reform program expected to take effect in June 2008. But information about these meetings is unavailable to the public. Diana Choksey (Chok-see) reports.

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The governor's office says work's being done on building a new health care system, but it's not telling what that work involves. Social Services Department Spokeswoman Ana Compain-Romero says the governor had meeting to develop proposals for the the Medicaid reform program.

 

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Description: "The executive branch has been meeting they'll be working from the foundation of the medicaid reform commissions report to develop additional recommendations and proposals."


But Romero says meeting details are hard to come by.

 

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Description: "I don't know that that information is readily available."


Democratic Senator Pat Dougherty says he hasn't been aware of the governor's meetings and doesn't know any legislators who have been. 

Dougherty also says the governor should be more open in his approach to developing a proposal for medicaid reform.

 

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Description: The best way to have gone about this would have been to bring more people so that'much more transparent.

The governor is expected to present his proposals to the legislature in January 2007. 

From Jefferson City, I'm Diana Choksey