NC Medicaid: Public Comments Needed for Program Reforms

Medicaid is an insurance program funded by both federal and state governments. Federal law requires states to provide Medicaid to specific groups, including low-income families, people with certain disabilities, low-income older adults living in nursing homes, and low-income pregnant women and infants. States can choose to insure additional groups under Medicaid and can design their programs in different ways to try to reduce costs and improve enrollees’ health. In traditional Medicaid, doctors (and thus insurers) are paid for each test, office visit, and procedure they complete. Under this fee-for-service arrangement, doctors and insurers have a financial incentive to provide...

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