Ga. plans managed care for children on Medicaid

Ga. plans managed care for children on Medicaid

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say they're looking to hire a for-profit company to oversee the care of some of the state's most vulnerable children.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/16K8mMo ) that youth advocates and pediatricians say so-called "managed care" of the state's 27,000 children in foster care, adoption assistance or the juvenile justice system could help better coordinate care.

The move is similar to one the state plans to make next year when it transitions roughly 430,000 elderly, blind and disabled Medicaid recipients into a voluntary form of managed care.

Officials say foster children and others would have one primary care physician and electronic health records that doctors can use regardless of where the child lives under the managed care system.

 

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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