Forum Session

“Making Medicaid Work for the 21st Century”—Discussion of a Report from the National Academy for State Health Policy
February 18, 2005

Manager

Judith D. Moore

Summary

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.

Speakers

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

Related Materials

Vernon Smith et al., “Making Medicaid Work for the 21st Century,” National Academy for State Health Policy, January 2005.

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