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Thursday, July 13, 2006

2 More on Medicaid

Boy, we hate to stir the pot on this one, but today's Top Story on Stateline.org focuses on Utah’s Medicaid dental challenge.
Utah to use gifts to pay for Medicaid
Fair article. One of their points -- which didn't receive nearly enough attention from the lynch mobs following the “special” session -- was as follows:
“only half of the pool of taxpayer money dedicated to providing dental services last year was spent because many dentists refused to take Medicaid patients. They complained that Medicaid reimbursement rates were far too low.”
We agree. Any real solution must address reimbursment rates for Medicaid providers. What good is pushing more money into the program when they are unable to utilize the funds already there?

While we’re on the subject, a few lost souls may have missed the editorial last week in West Virginia’s Wheeling News Register:
Substituting Charity For Big Government
Worth reading. Here’s an exerpt:
"The easy preference of many of the political class would have been to commit more tax money to the Medicaid program. But Utah residents seem to have a better idea, and if donors come through, the nation just might see the first significant push-back against top-down, government-run welfare since the 1960s.

"Politicos and charity leaders elsewhere — too many of whom in recent years have taken to the idea that welfare-like programs are beyond the private sector’s capacity — should take note. Perhaps they underestimate Americans’ capacity for generosity and compassion."


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