Elderly will be the first required to enroll in managed care under new Medicaid laws

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Until now, Florida? plans to transfer Medicaid patients into managed care have focused on children and families, not the sick and frail elderly who need constant care. The assumption was that HMOs?complicated rules would trip up weak, confused elders.

But that thinking has changed. In the Medicaid overhaul that just passed Florida? Legislature and awaits an almost-certain okay from Gov. Rick Scott, the elderly and disabled would be the first group to be required to enroll in managed care, reports Carol Gentry of Health News Florida.

If federal health officials approve the plan in the coming year, on July 2012 the state will officially begin lining up HMOs and provider-service networks to take on the population beginning in October 2013, according to a state time line.

Other Medicaid patients ?mostly healthy children and pregnant women — won? have to enter an MCO until 2014, although they can enroll sooner if they want.

Continue reading Gentry’s article here.

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