Don't allow Medicaid program's budget impact to be overstated

July 2011
State Health Watch;Jul2011, Vol. 18 Issue 7, p11
The article discusses the budget impact of the U.S. Medicaid health program in reference to the March 2011 report "Medicaid and State Budgets: Looking at the Facts," co-authored by Joan Alker of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families. It cites how the fiscal problems being faced by states led to the decline in Medicaid spending in 2009. Alker stresses that Medicaid directors need to resolve issues concerning the increasing costs associated with their programs by thoroughly explaining the share of federal funds in Medicaid spending.


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