Instead of rolling out managed care services as planned on
Officials adjusted the timeline because DHHS can't "implement critical actions to go live with managed care under the current continuing resolution budget," according to the department's announcement. The change only affects counties that were in Phase 1 of a planned two-phase rollout. The
The announcement came as local officials were preparing to meet the
DHHS and local social-services departments are organizing the switch to managed care on orders from the
While "most recipients will see no changes" to the services they've been receiving, they have to enroll through a health plan to continue receiving them, according to
A health plan, through Medicaid, is a group of doctors, hospitals and other providers that'll work together to supply "health care to meet collective needs," the
Recipients should select a primary care provider to work with, "which could be in the form of a family doctor, clinic or other health care provider." Those who already have one can keep the one they have, or choose a new one.
With the delay at the state level, Medicaid recipients in
If a recipient hasn't chosen a health plan or primary care provider by
Vance Social Service is also planning to hold an information session for local recipients, to guide them "through the process of selecting a health plan and primary care provider," according to a department news release.
This evening session, which will be held at the local DSS office at
Officials advise recipients who are senior citizens to bring a "trusted family member" or friend to help in the selection process.
For people unable to attend, an outreach specialist is available for assistance at DSS
But the change has become caught up in the dispute between
Republican leaders, in the
The 27 counties that had been lined up to go live with managed care on
DHHS officials have said "ongoing budget uncertainty has been an impediment to health plans finalizing contracts with doctors and health providers" and that an "essential component of a well-running managed care system is the strength of the health care network available to beneficiaries."
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