HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care industry intelligence, finds that no governor may be going as far to control Medicaid spending as Republican Mark Sanford of South Carolina. According to the latest issue of the North & South Carolina Health Plan Analysis, Governor Sanford is proposing that Medicaid recipients in that state either use a debit card for some medical expenses or enroll in a managed care plan or new primary-care case-management program. About 850,000 people in South Carolina receive Medicaid benefits.

"While no state has begun using debit cards for Medicaid, three other states have operated 'Cash and Counseling' demonstration projects that give small groups of disabled Medicaid beneficiaries their own dollars to spend on personal care services," said Jane DuBose, HealthLeaders-InterStudy analyst. "South Carolina also has a two-year-old Cash-and-Counseling program called SC Choice."

  Other Health Plan News in the Carolinas   -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has begun a credentialing      process for licensed dietitians as the insurer continues to address the      issue of obesity.    -- Columbia-based Carolina Care Plan has launched new individual plan      designs.    -- WellPath Select is expanding into western portions of North Carolina      through an agreement with Crescent PPO.    -- Regional Medicare PPOs are not attracting much interest in the      Carolinas.    About HealthLeaders-InterStudy 

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SOURCE: HealthLeaders-InterStudy

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