State Net Capitol Journal: States Cut Medicaid as Feds Prepare for Expansion

State Net Capitol Journal: States Cut Medicaid as Feds Prepare for Expansion

Thirteen states are making cuts to their Medicaid programs this year, according to a survey by Kaiser Health News for USA Today. The cuts, most of which took effect July 1st, generally reduce benefits, trim payments to Medicaid providers or tighten eligibility. Alabama, for instance, cut payments to doctors and dentists by 10 percent and ended coverage for eyeglasses, among other things. States routinely scale back Medicaid in tough economic times when enrollment rises, and last year was no exception. But these latest cuts come after the U.S. Supreme Court gave the Obama administration the go-ahead to expand the program to as many as 17 million more people, while simultaneously ruling states could opt out of that expansion.

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