Indiana and Rhode Island have both made changes to their Medicaid programs. This has cut costs and increased the level of care causing an upswing in their patients satisfaction levels. Patients love the idea of staying at homes instead of having to live in an institution. The reforms made to Medicaid also give the patients better outcomes and much more independence which was responsible for the soaring satisfaction rate. The changes made were responsive, imaginative and customized to reflect the needs of the patients. Although less money needed to be spent, the health and experiences of the patients showed a marked improvement. The words less money was spent need to be repeated and emphasized.
There is no doubt the Medicaid reform implemented by Indiana is better. Indiana has long been referred to as the Hoosier state and has a reputation for pushing health savings accounts or HSA’s. When these are combined with health insurance with a high deductible the medical expenses can be catastrophic. The observations of Indiana have concluded approximately 96 percent of all employees have voluntarily enrolled in health plans with a consumer driven option. For the first four years these plans were offered to employees of the state there was a 10.7 percent annual savings for the state. When the employees used hospital emergency rooms it was not only at lower rates but resulted in less office visits with their doctors, more generic medication being prescribed and a lower cost for prescriptions. For more details on Indiana’s changes to Medicaid please visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/steveforbes/2017/06/20/is-real-medicaid-reform-possible-two-states-indiana-and-rhode-island-show-that-it-is/#599447707a07.
When a patient is responsible for their money for health care they spend it carefully and receive a much better outcome. What Indiana patients have not spent in their accounts for Personal Wellness and Responsibility can be rolled over. Medicaid enrollees in Indiana who are not disabled will receive $2,500 in their accounts.