Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Launching new series of posts called ‘Simple Solutions to Strengthen Medicaid’

pf333largeAs they say, one is either part of the problem or part of the solution. Regardless of what happens at the national level, Medicaid poses an increasing challenge to fragile state budgets. It is time for leaders to take sensible action to better sustain and strengthen state programs.

Over the past year, through various posts, we have examined how Medicaid works (or doesn’t work) and we have examined the reform efforts of various states. Now it is time for us to recommend some simple solutions (as if anything in Medicaid is simple).

Curiously, nobody has commented on the blog since I moved to the new site but I know a significant amount of expertise is out there. That is because many of you have sent thoughtful emails and the site has a national audience with visits from 45 states to date. 

So, I am issuing a call for solutions. I will post some of my own ideas but I would also like to highlight the thoughts of others. The only criteria is that solutions are simple, feasible, practical, and move states toward higher-value care. 

Solutions can be submitted to my email at  ~BAA