Thursday, May 5, 2011

Examining state options for administering Medicaid

A new paper from the Kaiser Family Foundation sets out the policy considerations around core federal requirements and state options in administering Medicaid. The paper is timely as many states are considering adjustments to their Medicaid programs to address budget concerns. Medicaid will expand considerably in 2014 as a provision of the national health reform kicks in that requires a minimum eligibility threshold of 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

A complete restructuring of Medicaid by turning it into a block grant program is one of many highly irresponsible proposals in a federal budget proposal introduced last month. The Colorado Center on Law and Policy examined that proposal in detail in an issue brief.

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