From The Associated Press:
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Most Medicaid patients in South Carolina will be required to choose a managed care plan starting this spring, a state agency announced Tuesday.
With few exceptions, the state Department of Health and Human Services is getting rid of the traditional fee-for-service model when it comes to Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor. Those who don’t have to choose include disabled and foster care children.
The mandate, which received federal approval last month, expands on what has been voluntary since 2005. The agency says the program, formalized in 2007, has saved the state more than $21 million. Critics say it should remain voluntary, at least until more companies come on board to increase competition.
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