Trends in Medicaid Cost Control in the States

Medicaid stands out as the program hit hardest by the economic downturn and rising health care costs. Governors, legislative leaders and Medicaid officials around the country see the program’s current cost trajectory as unsustainable in both the short-term and the long-term. Yet, states have faced similar situations before. As in previous eras of runaway cost growth, state leaders are marvelously adept at developing coping mechanisms. Emerging trends in state responses to the Medicaid crisis may indicate the future direction of Medicaid policy.

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About the Author
Trudi Matthews is the chief health policy analyst at The Council of State Governments’ headquarters in Lexington, Ky. Trudi is responsible for staffing CSG’s national Health Capacity Task Force and Emerging Health Trends Subcommittee, as well as writing, researching and planning meetings on a wide variety of health policy issues.

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