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Gary Alexander Quoted in CBS News – April 29, 2024

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Gary Alexander
Director Medicaid and Health Safety Net Reform InitiativeatParagon Health Institute

A nationally recognized health services expert and government reformer, Gary D. Alexander is head of the Medicaid and Health Safety Net Initiative at the Paragon Health Institute.

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On April 29, 2024, Paragon’s Gary Alexander was quoted in CBS News article “Oregon Medicaid patients get air conditioning, mini fridges as climate change drives health concerns.”

From the article:

But Medicaid’s expansion into social services may duplicate existing housing and nutrition programs offered by other federal agencies, while some needy Americans can’t get essential medical care, said Gary Alexander, director of the Medicaid and Health Safety Net Reform Initiative at the Paragon Health Institute.

“There are 600,000 or 700,000 intellectually disabled people in the United States waiting for Medicaid services. They’re on a waitlist,” said Alexander, who oversaw state health agencies in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. “Meanwhile Medicaid has money for housing and food and air conditioners for recipients. Seems to me that we should serve the intellectually disabled first before we get into all of these new areas.”

The full article can be found in CBS News.

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