The Administration’s Medicaid Regulations: State-By-State Impacts

Source: U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, March 2008

From the press release:
Although Medicaid is the largest health care program operated by the states, the Administration has failed to provide any estimates of the state-specific impacts of its regulations. After several unsuccessful attempts by the Committee to obtain these important state estimates from CMS, the Committee requested an analysis from Medicaid State Directors on the impact of the CMS regulations on their state.

The report finds that the state estimates of the fiscal impact of the CMS regulations are significantly higher than the $15 billion impact projected by the Administration for next five years. States estimated that the regulations would reduce federal payments to them by nearly $50 billion over the next five years, more than three times the Administration’s estimate.

The large discrepancy between the state estimates and the CMS estimates is evidence that the regulations are likely to have a much larger fiscal and programmatic impact on state Medicaid programs and state budgets than people realize.

Summaries of State Responses
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Response from Center for Medicaid and State Operations

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