Health Policy for Low-Income People: Profiles of 13 States

Research Report

Health Policy for Low-Income People: Profiles of 13 States

Abstract

Based on site visit interviews with state officials, consumers, providers, and reviews of public documents and web sites, this report summarizes what happened to health care policy over the last few years in each of the following states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Among some of the general patterns found: Medicaid rolls dropped between 1995 and 1998 because of the improved economy and welfare reform, but have increased in more recent years. Welfare reform also allowed states to expand Medicaid eligibility to families with much higher incomes than previously. States responded to the enactment of SCHIP in 1997 by expanding coverage for children in families with relatively high incomes.

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