In Arizona, Poorest, Sickest Patients Get Coordinated Care

Kaiser Health News staff writer Sarah Varney, working in collaboration with NPR, reports: "Can for-profit health insurance companies be trusted to take care of the nation's sickest and most expensive patients? Many states, under an effort supported by the Obama Administration, are planning to let the companies manage health care for those elderly and disabled people covered by both Medicare and Medicaid. Patient advocates have warned that private health insurance companies are ill-equipped to provide the complex medical care and at-home services many of these people need to survive. It turns out that Arizona, a state that has been known to resist federal health programs, has been doing just that for many years" (Varney, 2/20). Read the story.

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