All 50 states and the District of Columbia have implemented Medicaid cost-containment strategies for fiscal 2004, which could have a profound effect on healthcare coverage for low-income Americans, according to a report by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Although states' Medicaid spending rose 9.3% in 2003, the increase was significantly less than in 2002, when states' Medicaid spending increased 12.8%. Virtually every state has frozen or reduced provider reimbursement or plans to do so. Most states also have reduced or restricted eligibility, limited benefits and increased beneficiary copayments or plan to do so, the report said. Read the report. -- by Tony Fong
Medicaid cost-containment universal in 2004: Kaiser
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