Despite a recession and rising healthcare costs, states are not narrowing eligibility requirements for Medicaid and children’s health insurance programs and do not plan major Medicaid cutbacks, according to a report on a 13-state study. Instead, states are managing an average 8.8% increase in Medicaid spending in fiscal 2002 by cutting or freezing provider reimbursement and eliminating some optional benefits, such as adult dental services, the report said. Also, the slow economy has prevented states from taking advantage of expansion opportunities, such as parental coverage waivers, being offered by the federal government. Click here for the report published today on Health Affair’s Web site.
States protect Medicaid but not providers: report
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