Healthcare policymakers in 43 states are likely to address the uninsured next year, and in 42 states they may seek to control Medicaid pharmaceutical costs, according to a survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). As state revenues begin to stabilize, more money is becoming available to address issues that received scant attention during difficult budgetary times, the conference said. Officials in 38 states said they expect to address a Medicaid budget shortfall next year, and 33 are considering changes to nursing home reimbursement rates. The NCSL is a not-for-profit research organization based in Denver. -- by Jeff Tieman
Uninsured, Medicaid high on states' 2004 agendas
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