A quick look at the public’s views of Medicaid, the government health insurance and long-term care program for low-income adults and children, from recent Kaiser Family Foundation polls.
Featured Medicaid’s Future Resources
Factors Affecting States’ Ability to Respond to Federal Medicaid Cuts and Caps: Which States Are Most At Risk?
This issue brief examines the factors that could affect states’ ability to cope with reductions in federal Medicaid funding of the sort proposed in the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would eliminate enhanced federal matching funds for the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and convert Medicaid to a per capita cap or block grant system of financing.
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Related Medicaid’s Future Resources
- No Easy Choices: 5 Options to Respond to Per Capita Caps
- Data Note: 10 Charts About Public Opinion on Medicaid
- What’s at Stake with ACA Repeal?
- Compare Proposals to Replace The Affordable Care Act
- 10 Things to Know about Medicaid: Setting the Facts Straight
- Medicaid’s Role in Nursing Home Care
- Data Note: Medicaid’s Role in Providing Access to Preventive Care for Adults
- Strategies to Reduce Medicaid Spending: Findings from a Literature Review
- Data Note: Variation in Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending Across States
- Medicaid’s Role: What’s at Stake Under a Block Grant or Per Capita Cap?
- Data Note: Three Findings about Access to Care and Health Outcomes in Medicaid
- The Effects of Medicaid Expansion under the ACA: Updated Findings from a Literature Review
- Medicaid Restructuring Under the American Health Care Act and Nonelderly Adults with Disabilities
- Medicaid and Children with Special Health Care Needs
- Medicaid Restructuring Under the American Health Care Act and Implications for Behavioral Health Care in the US
- What Could a Medicaid Per Capita Cap Mean for Low-Income People on Medicare?
- Medicaid’s Role in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
- Current Flexibility in Medicaid: An Overview of Federal Standards and State Options
- Medicaid and Work Requirements
- Key Themes in Section 1115 Medicaid Expansion Waivers
- Medicaid State Fact Sheets
- Key Issues in Children’s Health Coverage
- Medicaid Pocket Primer
- Medicaid Financing: The Basics
Why Does the Medicaid Debate Matter? National Data and Voices of People with Medicaid Highlight Medicaid’s Role
President Trump and other GOP leaders have called for far-reaching changes to Medicaid, including caps and reductions in federal funding for the program. This snapshot provides data on the role Medicaid plays for different population groups as well as perspectives from individuals with coverage through the program. Medicaid, the nation’s public health insurance program for low-income children, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities, covers 1 in 5 Americans, including many with complex and costly needs for medical care and long-term services. Most people covered by Medicaid would be uninsured or underinsured without it. The AHCA would fundamentally change Medicaid in the most significant restructuring of the program since 1965.
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The Kaiser Family Foundation held a media-only conference call Tuesday, June 27, with key experts to explain the Senate Republican health bill and to answer questions about its implications and the CBO’s scoring of the bill. During the call, Kaiser’s experts answered reporters’ questions about the bill’s potential impact and…
President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How do their replacement proposals compare to the ACA? How do they compare to each other? Includes the The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (introduced in the Senate on June 22, 2017) as well as other proposals from key members of Congress.
Favorability of the Affordable Care Act Tops 50%, While Across Many Measures, Majorities Oppose the Republican Plan to Replace It
Three-Quarters of the Public, Including Most Republicans, View Medicaid Favorably; Most Oppose Federal Funding Cuts to States As the Senate prepares to vote on the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and cap federal Medicaid funding, a new Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll finds most Americans…
As the Senate prepares to vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and limit federal Medicaid funding, a new Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll finds the Affordable Care Act itself remains far more popular than the bill that would replace it. A majority of Republicans, however, continue to support the Republican plan, though by a significantly narrower margin than last month. Furthermore, the Tracking Poll finds that the most of the public – regardless of partisanship – holds favorable views of Medicaid.
Medicaid Restructuring Under the American Health Care Act and Children with Special Health Care Needs
This brief includes state-level data on the share of children with special health care needs covered by Medicaid and describes Medicaid’s role for these nearly five million children to help inform the debate about the American Health Care Act’s (AHCA) reduction of federal Medicaid funding under a per capita cap or block grant.
Under a per capita cap, per enrollee spending would be capped, but the total amount of federal dollars to states could vary with enrollment changes and states would not be able to impose enrollment caps. Faced with restrictions in federal financing, states would have to make hard choices. This brief outlines the key measures states could use to manage their budgets and the associated challenges under a per capita cap: raise taxes or make other cuts, reduce benefits, limit coverage of high cost enrollees, reduce rates or implement delivery system reforms, and promote personal responsibility. Each option has challenges that are identified in the brief.
This issue brief considers the feasibility of realizing substantial Medicaid cost savings through strategies aimed at improving delivery system and administrative efficiency. We review the literature about the potential for Medicaid cost savings from four strategies related to acute care services: (1) premiums, cost-sharing, and enrollee wellness incentives, (2) complex care management, (3) patient-centered medical homes, and (4) alternative payment models, and another four strategies related to long-term services and supports: (5) tightening financial eligibility rules for long-term care services, (6) promoting private long-term care insurance, (7) expanding home and community-based services (HCBS), and (8) increasing use of managed long-term services and supports.
This infographic highlights Medicaid’s role for nursing home care. It includes information about the nation’s growing long term care need and the role Medicaid plays as the primary payer for nursing home care. It also discusses the potential impact of proposals to limit federal Medicaid financing.
Medicaid currently provides federal matching funds with no pre-set limit to help states cover children with behavioral health needs. Restructuring Medicaid financing as proposed in the American Health Care Act could limit states’ ability to care for these children. The following series of graphics highlights Medicaid’s role for children with behavioral health needs.