Thursday, April 5, 2012

Skin in the Game: Governor Brown is Right and Secretary Sebelius Is Wrong About Medicaid Co-Pays

It's not often you see budgetary sense coming out of the California state Capitol. So, we should cheer the legislators and governor who have proposed a modest reform to Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program for low-income residents, that would have improved incentives for patients and reduced the budgetary bleeding by about half a billion dollars - if it had take place last year.

California governor Brown believes - correctly - that if Medi-Cal beneficiaries have "skin in the game," that they will make better use of the medical services that the taxpayers subsidize. Unfortunately, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Sebelius has quashed this reform, on questionable legal grounds.

Read the entire Health Policy Prescription here.

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