New Mexico Medicaid overhauls wins approval

July 15, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Medicaid recipients will face co-pays for some treatments and have their medical services tracked as part of a program overhaul that is intended to lower the costs of providing health care, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration announced Monday.

There will be no changes in determining who qualifies for Medicaid, which serves about a quarter of New Mexico’s population.

The state Human Services Department said President Barack Obama’s administration had given approval to the state to implement the changes, which will start next year and are intended to try to slow the rising costs of the health care program for the poor while improving service.

One of the main goals of the revamped program known as “Centennial Care” is to better coordinate the care provided to recipients to improve their health or keep medical conditions from worsening and becoming more costly to treat.

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