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Medicaid Reform for Elderly Begins Soon

Florida Medicaid begins shifting its elderly and disabled Medicaid enrollees into managed care plans on Aug. 1, starting with the Orlando area. On Monday state officials met with plan representatives for a celebratory signing of the contracts, the News Service of Florida reports. 

The Agency for Health Care Administration hopes to improve services and restrain costs for its most expensive Medicaid group by giving plans an incentive to keep patients stable and out of nursing homes. 

Three companies won contracts in most of the regions, and one -- American Eldercare -- will be offered statewide. An archived Health News Florida article offers more details.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.