Alabama pulls plug on Medicaid managed care
Alabama is backing off plans to transition its Medicaid program from a feefor-service structure to managed care.
The ongoing national debate over Medicaid funding sparked the change. Alabama’s program was set to launch in 23 counties on Oct. 1, and would have captured more than 650,000 of the state’s 1 million Medicaid recipients. Eleven local providers had been approved by the state so far to participate.
Instead, the state plans to seek yet-tobe-determined changes to its Medicaid program, according to a notice posted on Alabama’s Medicaid website.
Hospitals were disheartened by the news given that the state had been promising since 2013 to make the change to managed care.
“Our hospitals have been working to prepare for the implementation,” said Danne Howard, executive vice president at the Alabama Hospital Association. “Many have invested a significant amount of time and resources into the effort.”