WVa Medicaid Redesign Working Largely As Planned

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A report says West Virginia's much-criticized mountain health choices medicaid plan is meeting some goals in providing care to children and the least healthy adults.

The report, compiled by West Virginia University researchers and released Thursday, found little difference in the health status of children in the plan's two tiers.

The plan provides enhanced services to people who sign personal behavior pledges.

Those who don't get fewer benefits than offered by traditional Medicaid.

The report found that adults in the enhanced plan tend to have worse health and visit the doctor more often than people in the basic plan.

But the report wasn't able to determine whether people in the plan are actually getting healthier.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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