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10 Things to Know about Medicaid: Setting the Facts Straight

The Medicaid program covers 1 in 5 Americans, including many with complex and costly health and long-term care needs. Most Medicaid beneficiaries would be uninsured or underinsured without it. President Trump and other GOP leaders have called for major changes to Medicaid, including caps on federal funding. In the debate, some Medicaid critics have made statements that are at odds with data, research, and basic information about Medicaid. This brief highlights 10 facts about Medicaid to inform policy that may have significant implications for the program.

Data Note: A Large Majority of Physicians Participate in Medicaid

About 70% of all office-based physicians accept new Medicaid patients, including two-thirds of primary care physicians and close to three-quarters (72%) of specialists. The percentage of physicians accepting new Medicaid patients varies widely by state, ranging from 39% to 97%. In one-quarter of states, more than 85% of physicians accept new Medicaid patients, including 10 states where at least 90% do. There is no evidence that physician participation in Medicaid is declining.

Medicaid and Work Requirements

This issue brief reviews the current status of states’ Section 1115 waiver requests relating to Medicaid work requirements and identifies key policy questions to consider in terms of the impact on beneficiaries, states, and other stakeholders.

Kaiser Media Fellowships 2017 Indiana Site Visits

In April 2017, as Indiana officials began roles in the Trump Administration’s health care leadership, the Foundation invited a group of journalists with a strong focus on health policy and state health reform to participate in a week-long fellowship focused on Indiana’s health care landscape and its approach to expanding…

Takeaways From Alaska’s Medicaid Expansion

In his latest column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses the implications of the governor of Alaska’s decision to move ahead unilaterally with Medicaid expansion. All previous columns by Drew Altman are available.

Takeaways From Alaska’s Medicaid Expansion

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses the implications of the governor of Alaska’s decision to move ahead unilaterally with Medicaid expansion.

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