ROCKVILLE, MdThe explosive overall growth of enrollees in
Medicaid managed care is not occurring in rural America, according to
a study conducted for the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR).
The study, led by Rebecca T. Slifkin, PhD, of the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, involved telephone interviews conducted in
1997 with Medicaid officials in all 50 states. It showed that
Medicaid enrollees in just over half of all rural US counties were
covered by some type of Medicaid managed care, compared with nearly
three-fourths of urban counties.