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Schweitzer disputes criticism of his Medicaid idea


HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Brian Schweitzer has lashed back at the medical industry for their criticism of his idea to privatize a piece of Medicaid.

The governor last month said he was considering a test to let a private, managed-care firm run Medicaid in part of the state. The notion got a cool response from representatives of hospitals, nursing homes and others.

Schweitzer summoned representatives from the medical industry to his office on Tuesday.

The governor told them they are partly to blame for a costly Medicaid system. He says his privatization idea is needed to deal with the f...

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