Medicaid: A Future Challenge For the States

Medicaid is a broad and multifaceted program that is jointly financed by the federal and state governments in order to address the needs of low-income families, the elderly and those with chronic, disabling health conditions. It is an essential part of the health coverage and financing system in every state and is the largest source of federal financial assistance to the states. Balancing the growing responsibilities for coverage of vulnerable populations with fiscal realities will undoubtedly be a major challenge in the years ahead.

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About the Author
Diane Rowland is the executive vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and executive director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. She also holds an appointment as adjunct associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health of the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Rowland is a noted authority on health policy and health care for poor and disadvantaged populations.

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