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Letter: Medicaid reform the wrong way

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For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 7, 2014
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Letter: Medicaid reform the wrong way
Robert Rich, MD
The Fayetteville Observer
August 6, 2014
http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letter-medicaid-reform-the-wrong-way/article_82d7e578-c1c2-5697-96d9-ad5d61838623.html

Over the past 16 months, a tremendous amount of hard work has gone into a Medicaid reform plan that is good for taxpayers, patients and providers. The House unanimously passed a reform plan that continues to be supported by physicians, hospitals and the governor's administration. Despite those efforts, the Senate has chosen to move forward with its own proposal.

The Senate's latest proposal turns North Carolina's Medicaid program over to out-of-state corporate managed care plans, siphoning scarce North Carolina dollars away from actually caring for the people of our state.

The proposal also buries physician practices under administrative and regulatory burdens. This plan also creates a new bureaucracy and specifically excludes providers from participating in the oversight and development of the program.

Family physicians, such as I, recognize that reform is needed in the Medicaid program and have worked tirelessly to find a solution that works for everyone: taxpayers, patients and providers. The Senate's plan disregards those efforts.

Join me in supporting a North Carolina-based plan that keeps North Carolina dollars in the state and maximizes the value for those dollars in caring for our citizens.

Robert Rich, MD
Bladenboro

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