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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2013
Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (o) 402-471-8287, (c) 402-450-7318 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting in Beatrice Nov. 19 about Nebraska Medicaid Managed Care for Long-Term Services and Supports
Lincoln – Nebraska Medicaid requests input from the public, clients and service providers about the design and development of a long-term services and supports managed care system at a meeting in Beatrice on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Beatrice Senior Center, 101 North 25th St., from 2-3:30 p.m., said Vivianne Chaumont, director of Medicaid and Long-Term Care in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
A managed care system provides advocates for clients’ health care needs to improve the quality of care and reduce the cost of providing health benefits. It will be launched July 2015 by Nebraska Medicaid for clients with disabilities and/or those over age 65, she said. Nebraska Medicaid currently uses managed care systems for physical and behavioral health services.
“We are holding these town hall meetings in eight communities across the state,” Chaumont said. “As we begin work on a managed care system for Medicaid clients, it’s important that we receive the viewpoints of the public, our clients and service providers about how they would like to see this implemented in Nebraska. Our goal is to provide our clients the right services, in the right amount, and at the right time after assessing their needs.”
Other meetings will occur in Omaha on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. at the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, 4223 Center St.
Meetings previously were held in Norfolk, Lincoln, Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte and Scottsbluff.