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Governments at all levels are facing severe fiscal stress, and Medicaid is the largest and fastest growing publicly-funded health program in the United States. State and federal authorities have had little success in controlling Medicaid expenditures with conventional reforms, and changing it from an entitlement program to a block grant program is now under discussion.
This Issue Paper explores how transforming Medicaid into a block grant program offers the promise of improving patient care and restraining the growth in program costs.
Here’s a nice pull-out quote from the paper:
The case for Medicaid block grants is predicated on a … simple proposition: when people spend what they think of as their own money on their own health care, they spend less and get more than if they spend other people’s money.