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Saturday, 24 Jun 2017

Repairing the Social Safety Net

Repairing the Social Safety Net

New Policy Brief Explores Medicaid Reform Proposals
The expansion of coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to add 8.5 million to 22.4 million Medicaid beneficiaries. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the federal portion of Medicaid spending will grow from $275 billion in 2011 to nearly $560 billion in 2021. A new health policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores some of the major ideas for restructuring Medicaid, currently being discussed by leaders of both political parties.

According to the authors, proposed reforms to Medicaid fall into two general categories. The first would end the program as an “open-ended” entitlement, with program costs and benefit design being more attuned to state needs and available budgets. The second would preserve Medicaid as an entitlement program and expand coverage under health reform, but would make targeted changes to achieve savings, such as considering some degree of cost sharing. The brief notes that Medicaid advocates fear that dramatic changes to the program could compromise the health care safety net and impede states’ abilities to meet increased demand for coverage during periods of economic downturn.

The brief also notes, however, that many others have called for imposing limits on Medicaid spending and freeing states from federal restrictions, saying that states could manage their Medicaid programs more efficiently and effectively if they had greater flexibility and authority.

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