Managed care is the term used to describe the kind of health care that health maintenance organizations or HMOs offer. It’s called managed care because the principles of business management guide the health care service. But there’s growing evidence that the profit motive of HMOs is leading to denial of care and unreasonable restrictions on the more than 50 million Americans who receive their primary care from HMOs. Tomorrow, a House subcommittee will hold hearings on Managed Care Abuses.
GUESTS: Ellen Shaffer, with the Coalition for Health Care Choice and Accountability, former staffperson for Senator Paul Wellstone, and an expert of health care issues. Elisabeth Benjamin, Health Expert at Bronx Legal Services who spearheaded a coalition of group to Medicaid patients to HMOS. pressure on state gov’t to not force medicaid waiver,.. Candace Hadley, a working mother from Illinois whose 3-year-old son has cerebral palsy.