The Department of Health and HumanServices (HHS) recently launched initiatives in the states tohelp save money and better coordinate care for the 9 millionAmericans enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (called dualeligibles).

The Alignment Initiative, which includes better access toMedicare data and improved coordination of care betweenMedicare and Medicaid, will be led by the new Federal CoordinatedHealth Care Office (the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office). Itwas created by the Affordable Care Act to help make the twoprograms work together more effectively.

““Medicare and Medicaid spends $300 billion each year to carefor people enrolled in both programs,” said Centers for Medicare and MedicaidServices (CMS) Administrator Donald M. Berwick. "Bettercoordinated care for this vulnerable population could yield savingsand improve care and coverage in Medicaid.”

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