Most states will have to act aggressively to contain Medicaid cost growth when temporary federal aid expires in June, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured said in a report. In total, 49 states and the District of Columbia began fiscal 2004 with new plans to implement Medicaid cost controls. As a result, states estimate that Medicaid cost growth will slow to 8.2% this year, compared with an average growth of 11.9% from 2000 to 2002, the report said. Meanwhile, Medicaid enrollment is expected to rise 5.5%, the lowest average increase since 2000. However, when the $20 billion federal relief package expires, "many states will experience their highest growth in Medicaid costs in years, and few are fiscally prepared," the commission said. Read the report. -- by Tony Fong
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