Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) Audit and De-Privatization Bills
Two legislative initiatives are making their way through the Rhode Island State Legislature right now.
It's too late to sign up for verbal testimony, but you can still submit written testimony up until 2pm for S. 379, which has a hearing today, Thursday, April 1 at 5pm.
These bills seek to audit and remove private insurance company middlemen MCOs who currently "manage" coverage for about 90% of RI Medicaid patients.
1 in 4 Rhode Islanders are covered by Medicaid, so that's about 280,000 people!
Connecticut booted their MCOs and went to a "single payer" state-run program. This saved hundreds of millions of dollars and patients got better services.
For more information about these legislative initatiaves, you can read supporting research here.