Proposed Alaska cuts would reduce reimbursement

Saturday, December 31, 2005

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Proposed Medicaid cuts to incontinence supplies in Alaska would significantly reduce reimbursements to healthcare providers. For example, the current reimbursement amount for an adult diaper is 12 cents. After the cut, it would be 3 cents. Providers in Alaska say there's no way providers can afford to supply these products if the regulations go into effect. Besides a higher out-of-pocket cost to beneficiaries, suppliers say, proposed cuts could lead to access problems for beneficiaries trying to find adequate supplies of certain items that are not in high demand in retail stores like Wal-Mart and for homebound patients who rely on providers to deliver supplies. State officials say delivery service is unnecessary because patients can rely on caregivers to purchase supplies for them.