House passes bill to create long-term care networks

Alabama State House

The Alabama House has passed a bill that would establish integrated care networks to allow more Medicaid recipients to stay in their homes instead of nursing homes.

The House on Thursday passed the bill 98-0. The Senate unanimously passed the legislation earlier this month.

Republican state Sen. Greg Reed says the legislation could cut Medicaid costs by $1.5 billion over a decade.

Reed says the bill would allow more Medicaid recipients to receive home-based care.

The legislation is a continuation of Medicaid changes the Alabama Legislature passed in 2012 when it established regional care organizations.

Under the proposed legislation, Medicaid beneficiaries would be prohibited from participating in both a regional care organization and an integrated care network.

Republican state Rep. April Weaver sponsored the House version.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.