Medicaid Moving in the Wrong Direction?

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Medicaid Moving in the Wrong Direction?

June 18, 2003

Abstract

[The Hill] The current proposal to revamp Medicaid would replace matching funds with lump sums to states while giving them more administrative flexibility. This proposal does not address the underlying reasons Medicaid costs are growing and overestimates the sums that can be saved by increased flexibility. If meeting the health care needs of the poor and the sick is still a national priority, the federal government's role must remain larger than writing checks to states.

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