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Medicaid Reform Efforts Underway in Louisiana and Rhode Island
Date:2/19/2009

this five-year deal, the state receives a set amount of funding from the federal government, but is responsible for costs that go over that amount. In return, Rhode Island Medicaid would have flexibility to design benefits and manage the Medicaid program outside the usual rules.

"Gov. Carcieri is driving Rhode Island's Medicaid reform efforts, but there are many who feel the cap approach carries too much risk for the state, especially with the state's high unemployment rate," said Ric Gross, analyst with HealthLeaders-InterStudy. "However, the governor contends the expansion of at-home and community-based services for the elderly enabled under the plan's flexibility will help them avoid more costly, longer term costs, such as nursing home care."

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