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Del. Seeks Ways to Reduce Costs of Medicaid


DOVER, Del. – Members of the legislature's budget-writing committee are brainstorming ideas on how to reduce spending on Medicaid. Right now the program costs Delaware taxpayers about $700 million a year.

The Joint Finance Committee came together Thursday to discuss the financial impact of the first state's Medicaid program, and to think of ways to reduce costs.

Delaware's Medicaid director Steve Groff briefed panel members on the current cost drivers of Medicaid, including a 40 percent increase in enrollment over the past five years.

Panel members talked about different ways to cut costs, like reducing fraud by requiring Medicaid recipients to show photo identification before receiving medical services. Panel members also talked about ways to better encourage Medicaid recipients to eat healthy and not smoke.

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