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Managed care Medicaid system starts Dec. 1
Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas said the three managed care management organizations the state hired to run the program have sufficient provider networks in place for the program to begin.
The Senate used general fund money for the state's share, but said providers would have to join the managed care networks by July 1 to receive the money.
The hospitals and community health centers agreed to join the managed care networks in July.
A new website on the managed care system will be put up in a few days and the department will expand its call center to answer questions about the program.
State budget writers believe moving to a managed care system will save the state millions of dollars a year.
Lawmakers also want the managed care system in place if the state decides to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, which could add about 44,000 people to the program.
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