Kasier – A Look at State Medicaid Program Spending, Enrollment and Policy Trends

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 25, 2012

Medicaid Today – Preparing for Tomorrow – A Look at State Medicaid Program Spending, Enrollment and Policy Trends – Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013. October 25, 2012

  • “After the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, state policy makers were finally beginning to see signs of economic recovery at the end of state fiscal year (FY) 2012 and heading into FY 2013. Growth in total Medicaid spending and enrollment slowed substantially in FY 2012 as the economy began to improve. Relatively slow spending and enrollment growth are expected to continue in FY 2013. Cost pressure and cost containment were still dominant themes, but states were also able to consider program changes, payment and delivery system reforms and continue efforts to re-orient long-term care programs to community-based care models. Eligibility rules for Medicaid remained stable due to the maintenance of eligibility (MOE) protections that were part of health reform legislation, and a number of states adopted targeted eligibility expansions or simplified enrollment procedures.”
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