Medicaid demonstration projects bill passes

The Senate Monday approved S2443, which sets up Medicaid demonstration projects.

The Senate OK’d 21-12 the bill, which “establishes a three-year Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Demonstration Project in the Department of Human Services.”

The program establishes that “Participants in the demonstration project would be nonprofit corporations organized and operated for the primary purpose of improving health outcomes and the quality and efficiency of care provided to Medicaid fee-for-service recipients residing in a ‘designated area,’ which is defined in the bill as a municipality or defined geographic area in which no fewer than 5,000 Medicaid recipients reside.” 

The GOP senators had been wary to get behind the project because they felt it could negatively intertwine with federal health care reforms.

 

Medicaid demonstration projects bill passes