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Federal Core Requirements And State Options In Medicaid: Current Policies And Key Issues

Medicaid is a jointly financed partnership between the federal government and states. The federal-state financing and administrative structure of Medicaid provides a framework of federal core requirements along with broad state options for program design and administration. This issue brief presents an overview of the current Medicaid program framework, with a focus on eligibility, benefits and cost sharing, care delivery and provider payment, long-term services and supports, and dual eligibles, as well as key issues related to this framework and the balance between federal standards and state options.

Issue Brief (.pdf)