Medicaid commission formed.
To strengthen Medicaid, the Department of Health and Human Services established an advisory commission to identify reforms necessary to
stabilize the program. The commission must submit two reports to HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt. The first, due Sept. 1, will outline
recommendations for Medicaid to save $10 billion over the next 5 years,
targeting potential long-term enhancements and performance goals. The
second, due Dec. 31, 2006, will make recommendations to help ensure
Medicaid's long-term sustainability, addressing issues such as
expanding coverage while still being fiscally responsible, and providing
long-term care to those in need. Secretary Leavitt plans to appoint up
to 15 voting members to the commission with expertise in health care
policy, finance, or administration.