The first public meeting about Gov. Gina Raimondo’s plans for Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, is scheduled for tonight in Woonsocket. Over the course of four such town hall meetings, organizers hope to gather ideas for saving the program millions of dollars as well as improving services.
The Economic Progress Institute’s Linda Katz is a member of Raimondo’s Medicaid working group.
“So this new focus on really listening to people in the community, whether those are families, individuals, providers, advocates," said Katz, "I see as a very exciting opportunity, and I hope that many people do come in to share their experiences and ideas.”
Katz and the other twenty seven members of the group will be meeting through the end of April to develop a plan to submit to the Governor. They must find about half the $90 million dollars the Governor wants to shave from Medicaid.
The next town hall is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, in Providence. The public is invited.
More information about the working group and the schedule of town hall meetings can be found at: http://reinventingmedicaid.ri.gov/