Mass. Plan Aims To Reduce Costs for Dual Eligibles’ Care
Massachusetts officials recently unveiled a proposal to create a managed care program for residents eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare as part of a broader effort to cut spending for dual eligibles' care. The plan is projected save about 2% of the $4 billion the state spends annually on dual eligibles by shifting 115,000 beneficiaries into a managed care program. The plan calls for the state to employ "integrated care" organizations that could include private or other third-party insurers and hospital networks, as well as "care teams" that would provide and coordinate acute, behavioral and long-term care services.
- "State Seeks Help To Cut Cost of Chronically Ill" (Levitz, Wall Street Journal, 10/27).