Tougher economy means greater likelihood of Medicaid cuts, Kaiser survey reveals
The report, "Headed for a Crunch: An Update on Medicaid Spending, Coverage and Policy Heading into an Economic Downturn" noted that 2008 was actually a good year for Medicaid program expansion and funding. But quicker rises in beneficiary enrollment and resulting spending could produce a turnabout.
The Kaiser survey also showed that most states are increasing their involvement with home- and community-based alternatives for long-term care. Thirty-eight states are progressing with Long-Term Care Partnership programs, while nine states that expanded their long-term care offerings have pursued the Deficit Reduction Act's "cash and counseling" option.
For more on the survey, visit www.kff.org/medicaid/7815.cfm.