Medicaid has become one of the state's biggest budget drains, and now the health care program is trying to heal itself.
A recent fact-finding study shows some alarming stats about the program.
Medicaid administrators have a three-pronged attack to address the ballooning Medicaid budget deficits:
The first phase, benefit management, will begin on Saturday, when health care contractor First Health takes over the prescription requests and payments for the Medicaid program. First Health will use computer technology to monitor prescriptions in real time and alert pharmacies to over-prescribing or dangerous drug mixes, which could save patients’ lives and save the state money.