State Medicaid provider rates were casualties of the recession in almost all states in 2009-2010. And despite the economic downturn a number of states expanded eligibility, increased benefits, and improved application processes.
The road to fiscal recovery for states will be bumpy, say top executives of the nation’s leading state service organizations, but they believe the slog will bring transformational changes to state governments.
States are using a variety of tactics to get people back to work through retraining programs, most of which are on community college campuses. Big enrollment increases, couple with state budget cuts, is leaving many colleges in a fiscal crisis.
The cost of substance abuse and addiction is staggering— hitting state budgets hard. Alternative methods of managing substance abuse can pay off for states. States’ fiscal crises have simultaneously provided opportunities to develop new strategies for substance abuse programs and forced funding decreases for successful programs.