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AHCA/NCAL Applauds New MACPAC Analysis of Medicaid Services for People with Disabilities  
 
AHCA/NCAL Applauds New MACPAC Analysis of Medicaid Services for People with Disabilities
– Association looks forward to Commission’s review of Medicaid coverage of dually eligible seniors –

Claire Navaro
202-898-6317
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2/17/2012

Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) applauds the work of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), which met yesterday to finalize recommendations for its upcoming Report to the Congress on Medicaid & CHIP. The Commission, which advises Congress on public policy that impacts these joint federal-state programs, will be focusing its next report on Medicaid coverage for seniors who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

“AHCA/NCAL appreciates the comprehensive approach the Commission has taken in evaluating how Medicaid and CHIP currently serve the needs of vulnerable Americans,” said Governor Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL President & CEO. Following a recent meeting with MACPAC Chair Diane Rowland, ScD, Governor Parkinson noted, “Our association is eager to work with MACPAC, those at the CMS Innovation Center and other stakeholders interested in achieving greater efficiencies while serving the needs of older adults who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.”

AHCA/NCAL views MACPAC’s efforts to develop and compile key Medicaid data as an important step in finding better ways to deliver quality care for those who rely on these dynamic and complex programs. Additionally, the Governor indicated the association’s support for initiatives aimed at enhancing the integrity and efficiency of Medicaid with the overarching goal of delivering better quality care and services. 

“The Commission’s report, and the ‘MACStats’ section in particular, provides welcome information about how these vital programs function, and offers new insight into the Medicare and Medicaid cross-subsidization issues that affect those who receive and deliver long term and post-acute care each day,” concluded Parkinson.

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