Moving Ahead Amid Fiscal Challenges: A Look at Medicaid Spending, Coverage and Policy Trends. Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012

Smith, V.K., Gifford, K., Ellis, E., Rudowitz, R. & Snyder, L. (2011, October). Moving Ahead Amid Fiscal Challenges: A Look at Medicaid Spending, Coverage and Policy Trends. Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012. Washington, DC: Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Abstract

The 11th annual 50-State Medicaid budget survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured finds that Medicaid officials in virtually every state are enacting a variety of cost cutting measures as states’ spending for Medicaid is projected to increase 28.7 percent in fiscal year 2012 to make up for the loss of federal stimulus money.

The state focus on cutting costs occurs as deficit reduction efforts in Washington could reduce federal support for Medicaid and shift costs to states and at a time when states, still coping with a weak economy, also must prepare for the expansion of Medicaid under the health reform (abstract from: http://www.kff.org/medicaid/8248.cfm).

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