New HHS Initiatives Aim to Help States Improve Medicaid Administration

On Thursday, HHS announced four initiatives aimed at giving states more flexibility to improve the administration of their Medicaid programs, CQ HealthBeat reports. For one of the initiatives, HHS announced that it would provide 15 states with up to $1 million each to develop strategies to improve care for dual eligibles, who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid (Norman, CQ HealthBeat, 4/14). California is one of the 15 states that will receive the funds, along with Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin (Nashville Business Journal, 4/14). States can use the funds to study strategies for: Avoiding duplication of services; Expanding access for dual eligibles; Improving care; and Lowering costs (CQ HealthBeat, 4/14).

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