Regional
3:34 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Proposed NM Medicaid Changes Raise Concerns

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of health care providers say the state's proposal to overhaul New Mexico's $3.9 billion Medicaid program could leave them with a revenue loss.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Medicaid beneficiaries, representatives of state and tribal governments raised concerns Thursday about proposed changes to a health care system which serves 560,000 people.

The State Human Services Department says its new plan would streamline administration of Medicaid and allow more people to receive services.

Providers said they don't have the tools to execute some of the state's quality improvement ideas.

Critics also oppose proposed new requirements such as not allowing people to enroll retroactively.

The agency said it hopes to have federal approval of its application this summer.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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