The House Republican Budget Plan would make major changes to the structure of the Medicaid program. In this brief we estimate reductions in federal Medicaid spending due to both the repeal of the Affordable Care Act on Medicaid and the block grant provisions themselves. We find that the House Budget Plan would reduce federal spending by $1.4 billion between 2012 and 2021, a cut of 34 percent relative to current law. The impacts are greatest in states that would have the largest coverage expansions due to the Affordable Care Act. We also estimate the loss of Medicaid coverage that would be likely under different assumptions of states’ success in constraining spending. Finally we estimate the increase in state expenditures that would be necessary to maintain their current programs even assuming some cost containment success.
Usage, posting and reprint of materials on the UI web site:
Most publications may be downloaded free of charge from the web site in PDF format. This information may be used and copies made for research, academic, policy or other non-commercial purposes. Proper attribution is required. Copyright of the written materials contained within the Urban Institute website is owned or controlled by the Urban Institute. Posting UI research papers on other websites is permitted subject to prior approval from the Urban Institute—contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to access or print the PDF document please contact us or call the Publications Office at (202) 261-5687.
Disclaimer: The nonpartisan Urban Institute publishes studies, reports, and books on timely topics worthy of public consideration. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders.