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Financing Health Coverage:  The State Children’s Health Insurance Program Experience

  Financing Health Coverage: The State Children’s Health Insurance Program Experience Enactment of SCHIP sought a balance between increasing funds available for coverage and limiting total federal outlays. While SCHIP has had widespread support and success in helping to provide coverage for uninsured children, its capped financing system has also…

Medicaid’s Optional Populations:  Coverage and Benefits

Medicaid's Optional Populations: Coverage and BenefitsMedicaid reform discussions have often focused around giving states greater flexibility over optional populations and services. This issue brief presents an overview of Medicaid's optional beneficiaries and services and provides examples of who qualifies as “optional” and the services they use. Issue Brief (.pdf)

Transitions 2005

Transitions is a video that explores some of the issues and challenges “dual eligibles” may face during the transition from Medicaid drug coverage to Medicare. To download the video, right-click here and select “Save as…”

What Has Caused the Growth in Medicaid Spending in Recent Years?

A new study published in Health Affairs explains what caused Medicaid spending to rise from 2000-2003 and confirms the role Medicaid played in covering people during the recent economic downturn, and that Medicaid per enrollee spending grew at a slower rate than private insurance spending. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid…

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