February 12, 2010
The CDA has been active in HB 1031, the bill to address Medicaid provider participation through bidding administration of Medicaid program out to a separate, third-party benefits organization.
Yesterday, the bill was postponed indefinitely by the House HHS committee last week (it died).
HB 1031 was estimated to save the state about $1 million per year once implemented. However, the bill also had upfront costs of about $3 million. In a desperate fiscal climate, we expected a challenging environment in moving the bill forward. However, there were many legislator comments in support of the concept and encouragement to bring the bill again in a better fiscal year.
A special thanks to Dr. Jeff Hurst who testified in support of the bill on behalf of the CDA.