What Will Medicaid Reform Say About Our Society

What Will Medicaid Reform Say About Our Society?
by Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Behavioral Healthcare, January 12, 2017

Just before the holidays, I summarized potential courses of action that the new Congress and administration likely will take on the “repeal” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I outlined the pitfalls of each option, together with a recommended response by us to each alternative. Here, I would like to do the same for Medicaid “reform."

Members of the new Congress and administration already have expressed a strong desire to “reform” Medicaid, although specifics are quite scarce. Both historical precedent and often-stated hopes of previous Republican administrations suggest, however, that an effort will be made to change Medicaid from a joint federal-state entitlement program to one based upon some type of fixed federal payment to each state in return for greater state flexibility in the use of federal funds.

Read more at: http://www.behavioral.net/blogs/ron-manderscheid/policy/what-will-medicaid-reform-say-about-our-society