The Crunch Continues: Medicaid Spending, Coverage and Policy in the Midst of a Recession

Source: Vernon K. Smith, Kathleen Gifford, Eileen Ellis, Robin Rudowitz, Molly O’Malley Watts and Caryn Marks, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Publication Number: 7985, September 30, 2009

From the summary:
This annual 50-state survey finds that number of people on Medicaid and state spending on the program are climbing sharply as a result of the recession, straining state budgets and pressuring officials to curb costs despite increased financial help from the federal government through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The survey finds that these trends are expected to continue well into the 2010 fiscal year, with the slumping economy contributing to the loss of jobs, private health coverage and state tax revenue at a time when more people are seeking help from public programs.
See also:
News Release
Executive Summary
Fact Sheet: State Fiscal Conditions and Medicaid

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