Judith D. Moore
This meeting featured members of a workgroup convened by the National Academy for State Health Policy to discuss their report, “Making Medicaid Work for the 21st Century.” The group, through a year-long effort to consider the future of the Medicaid program, produced a detailed analysis of Medicaid, including a series of recommendations in areas of Medicaid eligibility, benefits, and financing designed to improve the program. The report includes detailed background information on each area of recommended change, including careful descriptions of problems and issues. These consensus-based recommendations were described at the Forum session, and comments were offered by senior congressional staff whose work in coming months will likely include significant discussions about potential Medicaid challenges and changes.
Debbie Chang, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Nemours Health and Prevention Services; Barbara Coulter Edwards, Medicaid Director, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services; Donna McDowell, Director, Bureau of Aging and Long Term Care, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services; Vernon Smith, Principal, Health Management Associates; Alan Weil, Executive Director, National Academy for State Health Policy
With comments from:
Bridgett Taylor, Professional Staff Member (D), Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives; Rodney Whitlock, Professional Staff Member (R), Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate; Alice Weiss, Health Counsel (D), Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate
Vernon Smith et al., “Making Medicaid Work for the 21st Century,” National Academy for State Health Policy, January 2005.