Alabama Dr. Don Williamson

Medicaid Repayment
5:02 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Ala. Trying To Avoid Repaying $88M To Medicaid

State Health Officer Don Williamson says the state will hold negotiations to avoid having to repay the entire $88 million.
Credit blog.al.com

The federal government says Alabama should repay almost $90 million in Medicaid funding.

A report from the Office of Inspector General says the federal government gave Alabama too much Medicaid bonus money in 2009 and 2010.

The report says that's because the state Medicaid agency used improper calculations to compute how many children participated in the program.

State Health Officer Don Williamson says the state agency made what he calls an "honest mistake" that resulted in the state's report being off by about 90,000 children.

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Health Overhaul-Alabama
4:47 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Alabama Passes Managed Care Medicaid Revision

The Alabama Legislature has passed a sweeping revision to Medicaid that replaces the way the program delivers and pays for care with regional managed care operators.
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The Alabama Legislature passed a sweeping revision to Medicaid that replaces the way the program delivers and pays for care with regional managed care operators.

Under the legislation passed Tuesday, the State Medicaid Agency will no longer bear financial risks but will instead assume the role of contract administrators. Savings of $50 million to $75 million over five years and future cost containment is expected.

Privately owned Regional Care Organizations won't deal directly with patients, but will contract directly with doctors to provide care.

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Medicaid Announcement
4:57 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

New Medicaid System Endorsed By Governor Bentley

Gov. Robert Bentley announced his support for the Medicaid Advisory Commission's recommendations to change Alabama's Medicaid system.
Credit dyn.politico.com

Governor Robert Bentley has announced his support for changes to Alabama's Medicaid system that would impact one out of every five Alabamians.


The Medicaid Advisory Commission advocates changing the basic operating model from a fee-for-service system to a managed care program. Under the proposal, private-sector contractors would develop care networks in eight newly-created regions across the state.


The new framework would aim to offer better service to patients through regional operations that are responsive to local needs, according to the governor.

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Politics & Government
5:40 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Williamson: Ala Medicaid Faces $30M Shortfall

Dr. Don Williamson is director of the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Credit al.com

Alabama's top health officer says state Medicaid is facing a major funding shortfall.


The director of the Alabama Department of Public Health, Dr. Don Williamson, says federal changes will add $30 million to the state's Medicaid funding needs for 2014.


The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/TdPa3M ) reports that state officials didn't know about the additional cost when voters approved using $437 million from a state fund to plug the Medicaid budget in September.

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