Southwest Minnesota: Pilot Program Aims to Improve Efficiency of Medicaid Services

Twelve rural southwestern Minnesota counties will take part in a three-year pilot to improve the efficiency of services provided to people receiving government-funded medical care. If it is successful, the pilot could be adopted across the state or nationwide. The consortium of counties, Southern Prairie Community Care, has been working for years with insurance providers such as UCare and BluePlus to develop an alternative to the Medicaid program. The pilot project is designed to meet the special needs shared by rural communities in the 12-county area, including poverty, obesity, diabetes and physical inactivity.