Statement from Governor Martin O'Malley on Secretary Sebelius' Letter to Governors on Medicaid Programs


ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 4, 2011)  Governor Martin O’Malley today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary’s letter to governors outlining flexibility and support for states that want to continue improving their Medicaid programs – to help achieve the goals for which the program was created:

“We in the State of Maryland greatly appreciate Secretary Sebelius' understanding of the extraordinary budget pressures all governors now face, and her commitment to working with us collaboratively to reduce costs in our Medicaid programs.”

“By joining together to develop innovative and flexible approaches to benefit design, payment strategies, and how we deliver acute, chronic and long-term care, we can manage our Medicaid programs more effectively.  I welcome Secretary Sebelius' offer to help us build on our existing efforts here in Maryland to improve quality of care while saving significant Medicaid dollars over the short and long term.”








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