Focus groups showed lack of support for penalty-based systems

August 2011
State Health Watch;Aug2011, Vol. 18 Issue 8, p4
This article describes how focus groups in West Virginia that were formed to deliberate on the state's plan to impose penalties on Medicaid beneficiaries who do not meet certain behavioral requirements generally frowned upon the proposal. It focuses on the studies made by Joan Alker of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families regarding giving credits to Medicaid beneficiaries who follow certain rules. It explores how public perception is geared toward health incentive plans.


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