A new report finds that states are seeing more stability in their Medicaid programs after experiencing a surge in enrollment and costs associated with the Affordable Care Act.
At the same time, they are experiencing a high level of uncertainty as Republicans in Congress continue to advocate for a major overhaul of the program. Medicaid provides health insurance to tens of millions of lower-income and disabled Americans.
Thursday’s report by the Kaiser Family Foundation found Medicaid enrollments slowed considerably to an increase of just 2.7 percent in fiscal year 2017. The finding suggests that one of the major pillars of former President Barack Obama’s health overhaul may be nearing its peak.
State Medicaid spending, the largest state budget item behind education in most states, grew a modest 3.9 percent.