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Pilot project pilot project would be incentive program for Medicaid beneficiaries, healthier lifestyle livingThe New York Times on Friday examined new revisions to the West Virginia Medicaid program, the reward responsible patients with significant additional benefits or – as describe describe – punishing those the do not join, weight loss or anti-smoking programs, or who miss too many appointments, by denying essential services in order to reduce costs. This summer this summer has the corrections take effect in a pilot phase in three districts in the next few months as as part of efforts to encourage states to approach with more personal responsibility in Medicaid programs, according to the Times. Revisions revisions, is West Virginia Medicaid recipients ask an agreement under which they agree my best to my best to stay healthy visit directed health improvement programs, seeks routine checkups and screenings, attend all scheduled medical appointments notification, in the U.S. As prescribed and visit emergency rooms only for medical emergencies. Medicaid beneficiaries party to the contract party to the contract enhanced benefits , such as coverage for mental health counseling, anti-smoking and anti-obesity programs, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes management assistance, certain medications and home health visits. In the coming years, Medicaid beneficiaries. Holding to the contract continues to receive additional enhanced services, possibly including coverage for orthodontic or other dental care Medicaid beneficiaries on to the on to the agreement or not receive the minimum benefits required by federal law. – Comments Nancy Atkins, state commissioner of medical services, said: We want to to reach people before they get chronic and debilitating diseases that keep them on Medicaid for the rest of their lives. She said that West Virginia highest rates of highest rates of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and smoking in the U.S. However, some doctors and health said the new said the new program could limit access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries. Judith Solomon of the Center for Budget and Priorities said that the revisions are unlikely to improve the health of Medicaid beneficiaries or the costs are lower. Bishop, a Bishop, a physician at Pennsylvania Hospital and co-author of an August New England Journal of Medicine editorial that criticized revisions, said: What would happen if everyone was told at a large corporation, benefits if they benefits if they lose weight drink drink (Eckholm, New York Times. [Read the rest of this entry...]