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"Baby Bill" changes examined

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Posted: Oct 19, 2009 5:42 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Oct 19, 2009 5:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Medicaid, moms, private, insurance, streamlining

Many Medicaid moms could be better off keeping their private insurance. It would also save the state about $100 million dollars each year.

That's what medical experts told members of a streamlining state government panel. They also say someone with private insurance typically has more access to medical specialists.

What's known as the "Baby Bill" was approved by the legislature in 2004. It allows the state to take over insurance payments for some who qualify for Medicaid. In many cases, it would also pay for patient co-payments.

The law is not widely known.

The streamlining panel approved a motion urging the state to promote the program. The motion will now be considered by the full streamlining commission.

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