Access to Care Plummeted In Medicaid Reform Experiment | Print |  E-mail
December 2011

Five years of Florida's controversial Medicaid Reform experiment in managed care are already in the books.  From the outset, permission to operate Reform was contingent upon the state's promise that access would be protected, as confirmed through ongoing analysis of patient-level "encounter data".  Yet that data and any meaningful programmatic analysis of it remain inexplicably unavailable.

But alternative sources of data corroborate the mounting anecdotal reports of problems with access in Reform.

In light of the vulnerability of Medicaid recipients and the barriers to access to care they face generally, these findings warrant suspension of efforts to expand and extend Florida's particular Medicaid managed care experiment to new areas and additional patient groups, pending further analysis.

>Read the report.