According to Kevin Concannon, commissioner of Maine's Department of Human Servic
According to Kevin Concannon, commissioner of Maine's Department of Human Services, costs have increased since the state moved its health program for Medicaid recipients from a fee-for-service system to managed care. But saving tax dollars wasn't the objective. Instilling a preventive health-care mind-set and improving access and the quality of care for poor families was the objective. Maine has about 115,000 residents on Medicaid, but only 6 to 8 percent of that populations is enrolled in managed care. Joe Ditre of Consumers for Affordable Health Care says Maine's Medicaid managed care system is limited and non-mandatory because NYLCare of Portland, was the only bidder. Concannon concedes that the managed-care program has problems, but says the state's efforts to expand health insurance for children under Medicaid and Cub Care programs has improved dramatically.
Maine Department of Human Services, Medicaid, Medical care
Chutchian, Kenneth Z., "According to Kevin Concannon, commissioner of Maine's Department of Human Servic" (1998). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 3319.