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HSD Sets Up Medicaid Hearings

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The state Human Services Department has scheduled two hearings to solicit public comment on its efforts to make Medicaid more efficient, less expensive and better at helping beneficiaries remain healthy.

Human Services officials will also describe their plans, known as Centennial Care, to a legislative committee and to the department’s Medicaid Advisory Committee.

The department must get federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approval for the changes. It withdrew its first federal application last month after CMS expressed concern the state had not adequately consulted with tribal governments. HSD expects to resubmit its application later this summer.

Critics of Centennial Care have said the state has not obtained enough public comment nor has explained in enough detail how it will achieve its goals.

Public hearings will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Building, 1634 University NE in Albuquerque; and from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Las Vegas Middle School, 947 Old National Rd. in Las Vegas.

HSD officials will testify about Centennial Care before the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee at 1 p.m. Monday at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.

The Medicaid Advisory Committee meeting is at 1 p.m. July 26 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd. in Las Cruces.

HSD’s proposal can be examined online at www.hsd.state.nm.us/Medicaid%20Modernization/index.html.
— This article appeared on page B1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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