Gov. Robert Bentley on Thursday signed an executive order establishing the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission.
“We’ll listen to the perspectives of consumers, physicians and many others,” Bentley said in a press release. “By receiving their input and thoroughly reviewing Medicaid’s finances, we can make informed and responsible decisions about increasing efficiency and improving care.”
Alabama Medicaid accounts for $600 million of the state’s $1.7 billion general fund budget.
The advisory commission will make recommendations to the governor before the Alabama Legislature’s 2013 Regular Session.
“The decisions we make regarding Medicaid will have an effect on healthcare for all Alabamians,” Reed said. “Our goal is to make the right decisions for today and for our healthcare future. I look forward to serving with this commission.”
Reed is the chair of the Senate Health Committee, and he co-chaired the Alabama Health Insurance Exchange Study Commission.
Officials with the governor’s office say the ultimate goal of the Medicaid Advisory Commission is to recommend a care delivery system that is supported by a long-term, sustainable funding structure.
However, they also expect the group to include potential methods of increasing transparency and fairness in the system.
State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson will serve as chair of the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission.
“This is the next step in the transformation of Medicaid,” Dr. Williamson said in the press release. “This represents an opportunity to fundamentally change the funding and delivery system for the better. I am honored to be asked to help with this important task.”