Floridas push to move its Medicaid coverage into the private market should not be expanded beyond a five-county pilot program without data to analyze the experiments cost-effectiveness, according to a report from the states Office of the Inspector General.
The recommendation came after the offices five-month review of the Medicaid overhaul at the request of Floridas Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees the publicly financed safety-net insurance program. The office also urged officials to delay expansion of the pilot without addressing problems uncovered in the programs claims processing, complaint tracking, data collection and evaluation, and plan readiness.
A one-year pilot in Broward and Duval counties was expanded to Baker, Clay and Nassau counties in July. The Florida Legislature must approve statewide expansion, scheduled to be complete by June 2011. -- by Melanie Evans
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