Public Hearing on S.C. Medicaid Managed-Care Plan

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On July 1, 2010, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) filed a Medicaid state-plan amendment asking the federal government to make Managed Care mandatory for more than 500,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in our state, as well as allowing DHHS to qualify people for Managed Care who are currently ineligible.

This state plan amendment was filed without public input, comment or expertise.

CMS, the federal agency over Medicaid, is very concerned about DHHS’ lack of transparency and public input in this process. Consequently, it has set up a public hearing by telephone for Monday, August 23, at 10 a.m. This will be your opportunity as a South Carolinian to let CMS understand how DHHS’ proposed changes would impact you or the people you serve.

To participate, call (877) 251-0301 and provide the operator with the conference ID 93410633. CMS suggests you call in 10 minutes prior to the 10 a.m. start time. If you have further questions, contact Sue Berkowitz at sberk@scjustice.org.

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