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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.
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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Author:Silverman, Jennifer
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2005
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