NAMD policy brief encourages states to seek sustainable Medicaid reforms as they reduce state budgets
Posted on July 23, 2012 | No Comments
The National Association of Medicaid Directors’s (NAMD’s) new policy brief intends to engage states in shared learning around how Medicaid directors can drive payment and delivery system innovations. The financial climate has caused many states to put pressure on Medicaid Directors to find cost savings wherever they can. To a large extent, states have addressed the inefficiencies in their programs. To fill growing budget holes, states have turned to more blunt instruments, such as cutting benefits, cutting eligibility, and cutting provider rates. This NAMD report encourages states to seek more sustainable reforms that allow the Medicaid program to provide high-quality services while reducing the share of health care programs consume in state budgets. To aid in implementing these initiatives, NAMD supports networking among Medicaid directors on current delivery and payment reforms in their states. States shared their experiences, including challenges and lessons learned.