Pennsylvania Gov. Ridge Commends U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services' Extension of Successful Medicaid Program in Lancaster

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge
 today commended U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary
 Tommy G. Thompson's decision to renew a Pennsylvania program that improves
 access to health care for Medicaid recipients in Lancaster.
     "This is good news for thousands of low-income families in Lancaster,"
 Gov. Ridge said.  "They'll continue to receive better access to health-care
 services, coordinated by their primary physician.  This means more preventive
 care, fewer emergencies and a smooth transition to the HealthChoices program
 this fall.
     "I thank Secretary Thompson for enabling us to customize the way we
 deliver Medicaid health care to best meet the needs of Pennsylvanians."
     The state uses a voluntary, primary-care case-management system to
 coordinate health-care services for more than 8,000 Medicaid patients in
 Lancaster.  A physician is assigned to manage medical services for these
 patients, resulting in greater access to preventive care -- and fewer
 emergency-room visits.
     The program is allowable under the federal waiver renewed by HHS.
     In October, Lancaster County Medicaid recipients will begin to choose
 their primary-care physician through HealthChoices, Pennsylvania's managed-
 care Medicaid program.  Currently, more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians are
 enrolled in HealthChoices.
 
     CONTACT:  Gretchen Toner, Deputy Press Sec. of the Pennsylvania Office of
 the Governor, 717-783-1116, or Jay Pagni, Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania
 Dept. of Public Welfare, 717-787-4592.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge
 today commended U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary
 Tommy G. Thompson's decision to renew a Pennsylvania program that improves
 access to health care for Medicaid recipients in Lancaster.
     "This is good news for thousands of low-income families in Lancaster,"
 Gov. Ridge said.  "They'll continue to receive better access to health-care
 services, coordinated by their primary physician.  This means more preventive
 care, fewer emergencies and a smooth transition to the HealthChoices program
 this fall.
     "I thank Secretary Thompson for enabling us to customize the way we
 deliver Medicaid health care to best meet the needs of Pennsylvanians."
     The state uses a voluntary, primary-care case-management system to
 coordinate health-care services for more than 8,000 Medicaid patients in
 Lancaster.  A physician is assigned to manage medical services for these
 patients, resulting in greater access to preventive care -- and fewer
 emergency-room visits.
     The program is allowable under the federal waiver renewed by HHS.
     In October, Lancaster County Medicaid recipients will begin to choose
 their primary-care physician through HealthChoices, Pennsylvania's managed-
 care Medicaid program.  Currently, more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians are
 enrolled in HealthChoices.
 
     CONTACT:  Gretchen Toner, Deputy Press Sec. of the Pennsylvania Office of
 the Governor, 717-783-1116, or Jay Pagni, Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania
 Dept. of Public Welfare, 717-787-4592.
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Office of the Governor