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Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 8:00am

Ga. Moving Medicaid Kids To 'Managed Care'

Updated: 1 year ago.
Health officials say they're looking to hire a for-profit company to oversee the care of some of the state's most vulnerable children. Youth advocates and pediatricians say so-called "managed care" could help better coordinate their health care. (Photo Courtesy of Anoto Group via Flickr.)

Health officials say they're looking to hire a for-profit company to oversee the care of some of the state's most vulnerable children.

Youth advocates and pediatricians say so-called "managed care" of the state's 27,000 children in foster care, adoption assistance or the juvenile justice system could help better coordinate their health care.

The move is similar to one the state plans to make next year when it transitions roughly 430,000 elderly, blind and disabled Medicaid recipients into a voluntary form of managed care.