Children's of Alabama CEO opposes Gov. Bentley's Medicaid plan

Published: Sep. 29, 2016 at 7:39 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The President and Chief Executive Officer of Children's of Alabama is questioning the governor's Medicaid plan.

On Oct. 1, the state will implement its Medicaid Regional Care Organizations--known as RCO's. It will ultimately provide healthcare services to more than half a million Medicaid recipients.

Even so, Children's of Alabama CEO opposes the plan saying it will cost more money than expected, calling it significantly flawed.

In a letter to the Medicaid Commissioner, he says if RCO's are implemented for the 2017 fiscal year, it could leave a $52 million shortfall to the state's general fund.

The CEO is calling for an alternative to the RCO model, which includes expanding Medicaid programs.

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