Title

Medicaid in the Bull's Eye

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-15-2011

Journal

Health Affairs Blog

Keywords

Medicaid & SCHIP; Health Reform

Abstract

For decades, the Medicaid program has experienced periodic threats as federal policymakers have proposed to make major budget cuts, create state block grants, split up the program and so on. In addition, every several years, some state officials announce they are about to pull out of the program (though none has ever done so). Medicaid has been castigated as a failure, a budget buster and worse. Although Medicaid serves both children and the elderly, it has never been as popular with the public or politicians as Medicare, Social Security or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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