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President Donald Trump and GOP leaders in Congress have called for sweeping changes in health care policy, including the proposed American Health Care Act, which would repeal of the Affordable Care Act and its Medicaid expansion and a fundamentally change the way Medicaid is financed by establishing a per capita cap system. The Trump Administration also may consider and approve new waiver requests from state Medicaid programs. This page rounds up several of our most salient resources on Medicaid and the future of the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low income, which covers 74 million Americans. Medicaid covers a broad array of health services and limits enrollee out-of-pocket costs. The program is also the principal source of long-term care coverage for Americans. As the nation’s single largest insurer, Medicaid provides significant financing for hospitals, community health centers, physicians, and nursing homes, and jobs in the health care sector. The Medicaid program finances over 16% of all personal health care spending in the U.S..
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Implications Of A Federal Block Grant Program For Medicaid

This issue brief examines the broad implications of converting Medicaid to block grant financing, one of several ideas that have been put forth to help reduce the federal deficit. The paper, which does not analyze any specific proposal, notes that switching to block grant financing would fundamentally alter the Medicaid…

State Variations In Medicaid: Implications For Block Grants And Expenditure Growth Caps

  Medicaid, jointly financed by state and federal governments, is made up of over 50 separate programs with disparate populations covered and services offered. In an effort to better understand the implications of federal policy changes for the financing structure of Medicaid, the Kaiser Commission on the Future of Medicaid…

Financing Health Coverage:  The State Children’s Health Insurance Program Experience

  Financing Health Coverage: The State Children’s Health Insurance Program Experience Enactment of SCHIP sought a balance between increasing funds available for coverage and limiting total federal outlays. While SCHIP has had widespread support and success in helping to provide coverage for uninsured children, its capped financing system has also…

Medicaid Timeline

This timeline of key developments tracks the evolution of Medicaid and its role in America’s health care system.

The Impact of the “Medigrant” Plan on the Federal Payments to States

  The Impact of the “Medigrant” Plan on the Federal Payments to States The analysis examines the conference agreement plan for the redistribution of federal funds under a block grant for the Medicaid program. It also discusses the implications of the reductions in federal spending for beneficiary coverage. Report: The…

Medicaid and Block Grant Financing Compared

  – Issue Brief State and federal budget pressures, rising health care costs, and new waiver initiatives have promoted debate over restructuring Medicaid at the federal and state level. Questions about how Medicaid is financed are central to this debate. This paper compares the current Medicaid financing system to a…

Medicaid Financing: How Does it Work and What are the Implications?

The Medicaid program is jointly funded by states and the federal government. There has been renewed interest in how Medicaid is financed in light of the additional federal financing for the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as ongoing budget discussions at the federal level. This brief reviews how the Medicaid program is financed as well as the implications for budgets, responsiveness to state policy choices and need, the links between Medicaid spending and state economies.

Overview of Medicaid Per Capita Cap Proposals

The House Republican Plan (“A Better Way”) released on June 22, 2016, includes a proposal to convert federal Medicaid financing from an open-ended entitlement to a per capita allotment or a block grant (based on a state choice). This proposal is part of a larger package designed to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and reduce federal spending for health care. Often tied to deficit reduction, proposals to convert Medicaid’s financing structure to a per capita cap or block grant have been proposed before. Such changes represent a fundamental change in the financing structure of the program with major implications for beneficiaries, providers, states and localities. Key things to understand about a per capita cap include the following: how a per capita cap works, key design challenges, and implications of a per capita cap.

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