Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Medicaid managed care conference explains upcoming changes in Medicaid

KINGSVILLE - April 07, 2006

Contact: Jill Trant
jill.trant@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2146

The Community Coalition for Children and Families, in part with the social work program of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, hosted the Medicaid Managed Care Conference Wednesday, April 5, at the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB) on the campus of A&M-Kingsville. Approximately 170 attended the conference.

As of Sept. 1, Medicaid will change to a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) model. This change is expected to affect over 71,000 individuals in the Coastal Bend.

According to Dolores Guerrero, director of Social Work at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the primary purpose of the conference was to explain the changes in Medicaid to service providers who work with families using Medicaid. In turn, the service providers will then be able to clearly explain the changes to the families using Medicaid.

“Having the conference was a great opportunity to proactively address this issue and provide education to service providers before the program’s implementation,” Guerrero said.

The three HMOs in the Nueces service area will be Amerigroup Texas Inc., Driscoll Children’s Health Plan and Superior Health Plan. These companies were part of a panel discussion that took place to answer questions about the changes of Medicaid.

Social service organizations from around the Coastal Bend set up exhibits that participants visited to learn about each organization and its services.

Topics presented included Implementing Managed Care in a Rural Setting and Understanding the Nuts and Bolts of Managed Care.

For more information on Medicaid, visit the Texas Health and Human Services Commission website at www.hhsc.state.tx.us or call the Medicaid customer service hotline at 1-800-252-8263.

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