Children’s Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow testified today before the DC Council’s Committee on Health regarding the performance of the DC’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). DHCF is the Medicaid agency for the District and recently announced plans to move towards a fully managed Medicaid program over the next five years. In DC, one in two children is covered by Medicaid, and nearly all of our clients are Medicaid beneficiaries. This transformation is an opportunity to strengthen the behavioral health care system for all DC children on Medicaid — those currently enrolled in managed care organizations and those who will be transitioning to them. That’s why Judith urged DHCF and the Committee to consider three areas where the agency can best serve children, youth, and families: access and care coordination; network adequacy; and effective services.
Read her full testimony here: