Thirteen states cut Medicaid payments to providers, some by as much as 10%, in the first six months of 2003, and 20 states tightened eligibility standards or reduced benefits, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association said. Medicaid was a major issue as states struggled to close a combined $80 billion budget deficit; however, medical malpractice liability was the top item on state legislative agendas overall, the association said. During that time, 10 states enacted tort reform measures, such as limits on damages and court venues. -- by Tony Fong
States active on Medicaid, tort law so far in year
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