Implications Of A Federal Block Grant Program For Medicaid

This issue brief examines the broad implications of converting Medicaid to block grant financing, one of several ideas that have been put forth to help reduce the federal deficit. The paper, which does not analyze any specific proposal, notes that switching to block grant financing would fundamentally alter the Medicaid program and could have significant implications for states, localities, beneficiaries and health care providers.

Issue Brief (.pdf)

Related Resources: Prior Analyses of Block Grant Proposals

Issues in Restructuring Federal Financing (2005) (.pdf)

Financing Health Coverage: The CHIP Experience (2005)

Financing the Medicaid Program: The Many Roles of Federal
and State Matching Funds
(2004) (.pdf)

Medicaid and Block Grant Financing Compared (2004)

Federal Dollars and State Flexibility: The Debate Over Medicaid’s Future (1995)

The Impact Of The “Medigrant” Plan On Federal Payments To States (1995)