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Tue April 9, 2013
Lt. Gov. Roberts: Planning a New Way to Pay for Health Care
Rhode Island is beginning a public effort to develop a statewide plan to improve the way we pay for health care. Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts is leading the effort.
With a $1.6 million dollar grant from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Roberts launched the six-month planning initiative. A series of public meetings will gather input from experts and community members. Roberts says she wants a plan to help health care providers and insurers move away from payments for a particular treatment or service toward paying for improved health.
“We’ll be looking at regulation, we’ll be looking at how we pay for care, both through government programs like Medicare and Medicaid, and our private insurance companies," said Roberts. "And we’ll really be looking a lot at community health: how do we help people stay healthy, not just how do we care for them when they are sick?”
Roberts says she wants public input throughout the process. Once a plan is ready and approved, she’ll seek funding to implement it.