Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission

The Alabama House will consider a bill that would reorganize the state's Medicaid program.

The bill will be up for final passage in the House of Representative Tuesday.

The bill was recommended by a Medicaid Advisory committee created by Gov. Robert Bentley.

The Medicaid bill will be debated Tuesday with just three days remaining in the 2013 legislative session. The bill replaces the current payment method with the regional care organizations.

Alabama State House
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Lawmakers are trying to ease the financial burden Medicaid places on Alabama by passing a bill designed to streamline the $5.63 billion program's operational system.

The bill under consideration could change the present "fee-for-service" basis of Medicaid payments to a for-profit, managed care plan or a combination of nonprofit and for-profit companies.

The Medicaid Advisory Committee commissioned by Gov. Robert Bentley does not want to use for-profit managed care companies.

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.

An Alabama health officer says the state's Medicaid program probably will move to some type of managed care system.

The Tuscaloosa News reports ( ) that such a program would operate much like private insurance functions with commercial management companies or community-based care.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has formed a commission to find ways to improve the Alabama Medicaid Agency's financial stability and to improve patient care provided by the agency.

Bentley signed an executive order Thursday forming the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission to be chaired by State Health Officer Don Williamson.

The chair and vice chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid Policy, Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery and Republican Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper, were named to the commission.