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Current Issues in Medicaid Financing

In recent years there has been much discussion about states’ use of creative financing to draw down additional federal funds for Medicaid financing. Some suggest a curb on these practices and the President’s FY2006 budget includes provisions targeting intergovernmental transfers (IGTs). The Commission has produced a fact sheet and briefs…

MaineCare and Its Role in Maine’s Healthcare System

This paper explores the role of MaineCare, Maine’s Medicaid program, in the state’s health care system and the relationship between MaineCare and the Dirigo Health plan that the state approved in 2003.Report (.pdf)

Cost Containment Strategies For Prescription Drugs: Assessing The Evidence In The Literature

This report describes and reviews various options to address prescription drug spending growth, including a description of each cost-containment strategy, its use by private or public payers, and a discussion of known evidence about its effectiveness or cost-saving potential. It was prepared for the Kaiser Family Foundation by Jack Hoadley,…

The President’s FY 2006 Budget Proposal:

Overview and Briefing ChartsThis chartpack reviews the President’s FY 2006 budget request to Congress and highlights overall budget assumptions and funding for major health programs. It begins with a description of the federal budget process, followed by an overview of federal surplus/deficit spending patterns dating back to 1969. It then…

Medicaid Financing Issues:  Intergovernmental Transfers and Fiscal Integrity

Medicaid Financing Issues: Intergovernmental Transfers and Fiscal IntegritySince its enactment in 1965, Medicaid has been a joint venture between the states and the federal government. While each state administers its own Medicaid program within broad federal guidelines, the federal government provides over half of the program’s financing. As a result,…

Dual Eligibles:  Medicaid’s Role for Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries

Dual Eligibles: Medicaid’s Role for Low-Income Medicare BeneficiariesThis fact sheet and set of tables describe the over 7 million “dual eligibles,” the low-income elderly and persons with disabilities who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. The fact sheet describes why this population needs Medicaid, what services they receive from…

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