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40 -CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 6 - November 12, 1998 Report card issued: state&apos;s assistance, l)ro00;ram shows success gram trends during the period from July 1, 1996, to June 30, 1997. The following are some high- lights of the report: Eligibility trends • DMAP covered 11.1 percent of the state's population, up from 10 percent the previous year. • Eighty percent of the DMAP • population now have "medical homes" through managed care (the remaining 20 percent receive health-care services through the traditional fee-for-service sys- tem). • Fifty-six percent of the eligi- ble DMAP populat!on live in New Castle County; Kent County had the highest growth, of 16 percent. • Females outnumber males by a ratio of 3-to-2 in DMAP. $4,106 in the previous year to $3,939. • Individuals served increased by 12.5 percent, from 90,835 in the previous year to 102,220. • Cost savings attributable to managed care are estimated to be 5 percent of manual expenditures. Program trends • Eighty percent of DMAP eligi- bles are enrolled in the Diamond State Health Plan. • Cost savings from managed care have been used to expand coverage to 12,000+ poor adults. • Public/private partnerships with Nemours and Robert Wood Johnson foundations continue. • Changes in public assistance programs have an impact on DMAP eligibility expenditures. According to Medical Assis- tance Program director Phil Soult, "Delaware is only the second state in the nation to implement a statewide managed-care program without any major setbacks, "Indeed, we have been able to achieve manage-care's four major goals - integrating service deliv- Delaware Health and Social Services has released its 1997 an- nual report of the Delaware Med- ical Assistance Program prepared by the Department's Division of Social Ser- vices. "The publication is a report card on Delaware' s Medical Assis- tance Program [DMAP] in terms of the trends and SYLVESTER challenges the state faces with its Medicaid and chronic renal disease programs," said Dr. Gregg C. Sylvester, sec- retary of health and social ser- vices. "In this report, it is clear that through Medicaid managed care, we are providing better access to health care and have been able to contain costs without compromis- ing the quality of that care," said Sylvester. The 77-page publication pro- vides a comprehensive picture of eligibility, expenditure and pro- Expenditure trends • Twelve percent of the state's General Fund was spent on DMAP services. • The average cost per recipient declined by 4.1 percent, from Contact lenses a hit with athletes McGwire's astigmatism and dry eye, reports in the Sept. 21 issue of "AOA News." "It was important to have a lens that, number one, wouldn't dry out, and number two, would stay stable on the eye." He also designed McGwire's contact lenses with a yellow tint, to make things stand out crisper and sharp- er. "The tint is popular with skeet and trap shooters as well as ski- iers, who often wear yellow or am- ber-tinted goggles," Johnson added. Contact lens wear has also im- proved McGwire's depth percep- tion. Increased depth perception is a key aspect to almost any si?ort. PGA golfer Paul Stankowski talks about how contact lenses helped his game in the April 8, 1997. "You can't win on the PGA tour unless you're a good putter. After I switched to contact lenses right after the 1995 season, I went from 170th in putting on the tour to 73rd. When I went to contacts, immediately everything was flat. It was clear. I could see blades of grass as opposed to just grass." he said. For a free contact lens infor- mation kit, call 800-884-4CLC or visit its Web site at <www.iglob->. Almost everyone saw St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire break Roger Marls' home run record. But very few know that without his contact lenses, McGwire can't see the pitcher, let alone the ball, when he's standing at home plate, ready to swing. According to McGwire's optometrist, Dr. C. Stephen Johnson, McGwire can't see anything unless he's wearing his contact lenses. Johnson de- signed special contact lenses to correct McGwire's 20/500 vision to better than 20/10. Johnson wanted the best design and material combination for PAPASTAVRO S' AS S O C IATES MEDICAL IMAGING la..c. is pleased to announce the addition of Location Date Time Ultrasoun'd Diagnostic Imaging at Bayview Medical Center X-Ray- Ultrasound 1539 Savannah Road • Lewes, DE 19958 644-2590 cry and financing, mainstreaming the Medicaid poPUlation, expand- ing access and containing costs in a relatively short period of time." All of this has been possible be- cause of unwavering support we continue to receive from the gov- ernor and the Legislature. Copies of the 1997 annual re- port are available by calling the Division of Social Services at 800-372-2022. 302-645-1192 at happens if it:'00i not a' healthy new year?" As most Sussex County saxs already know, thoasarx of !m/are be/n drqd from your Medicare Ief) (health • mintsr or at the end of hhis Mr, rcir u to dxe new coverage. Many seniors will find themselves in a confusing situationmwith no reliable information about their options, and no guarantee of coverage for costly prescription drugs. That's why Beebe Medical Center is holding a series of town meetings to explain what your health coverage options are-- and what it all means. The meetings will take place: Lewes Public Library, Lewes Nov. 10 2 p.m. Sea Colony Nov. 12 2 p.m. {Edgewater Bldg.), Bethany Indian River Senior Center, Nov. 19 2 p.m. Millsboro Milton/Georgetown area Location, date and time to be announced Get the unbiased health coverage information you need from people you trust. Beebe Medical Center