Medicaid as a Potential New Third Rail of US Politics

In this JAMA Forum column, KFF’s Larry Levitt examines Medicaid’s growing political importance and the potential double whammy that could hit state Medicaid programs next year with the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency, which will mean reduced federal funding and substantial enrollment declines, and a possible simultaneous recession that could hurt state finances and leave more unemployed people relying on Medicaid coverage.

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