Verma Unveils State Medicaid Scorecard But Refuses To Judge Efforts

June 5, 2018, Kaiser Health News, Phil Galewitz- The Trump administration released a Medicaid “scorecard” intended to show how the nation’s largest health program is performing. The nation’s top Medicaid official didn’t want to draw any conclusions “This is about bringing a level of transparency and accountability to the Medicaid program that we have never had before,” said Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Yet in a meeting with reporters, Verma refused to discuss the findings in any detail or comment on any individual states that performed poorly or exceptionally. “I will let you look at the data and make your own conclusions,” she told journalists a few minutes before the report was posted online. When reporters pressed Verma to comment on the document, she refused to give an assessment of the Medicaid program, the federal-state health program for low-income residents. She has run Medicaid for the past 15 months.

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