Navigation Links
New analysis examines stakes for Medicaid in upcoming fiscal cliff negotiations on Capitol Hill
Date:12/5/2012

WASHINGTONAs lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle look for ways to reduce federal spending in the coming weeks Medicaid may emerge as a prime target, according to a new analysis by Professor Sara Rosenbaum, JD, the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS). The analysis, which appears online December 5 in the New England Journal of Medicine, indicates that severe cuts to the Medicaid program will cripple the ongoing effort to reform the U.S. health care system.

Deep federal Medicaid spending reductions would cause state Medicaid programs to retrench, according to Rosenbaum. They also would have the likely effect of halting the state expansions for low income adults included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and made optional by the United States Supreme Court in NFIB v Sebelius.

The overall impact of taking major aim at Medicaid, set to serve more than 80 million Americans when fully implemented under the ACA, would be to stall health reform, the most important tool for bringing down national health care costs over the long term, the analysis says. Rosenbaum goes on to say that the block grant proposal offered by the House Budget Committee is by far the most far-reaching plan under consideration. "Such blunt force strategies would leave many poor and disabled Americans without the basic services they need to stay healthy," says Rosenbaum.

But other approaches that remove billions of dollars in federal funding also miss the mark, according to the analysis. Medicaid spending is driven by high enrollment and extensive need. Instead of slashing federal funding across the board, policymakers should focus on efforts to reduce the financial burdens associated with caring for the highest cost, highest need beneficiariesincluding those who depend on both Medicare and Medicaid, Rosenbaum said.

The Perspective analysis, "Threading the NeedleMedicaid and the 113th Congress," will appear in the December 20 print edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.


'/>"/>
Contact: Kathy Fackelmann
kfackelmann@gwu.edu
202-994-8354
George Washington University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Analysis of conflicting fish oil studies finds that omega-3 fatty acids still matter
2. Higher proportion of California children uninsured than in US, USC analysis shows
3. Steroid Shots for Sciatica: Benefits Only Brief, Analysis Finds
4. Regional analysis masks substantial local variation in health care spending
5. Millions May Be Taking Vitamin D Unnecessarily, Analysis Suggests
6. Study shows breath analysis could help diagnose pulmonary nodules
7. NIH-funded analysis estimates effective PrEP dosing
8. New analysis of drinking water-related gastrointestinal illness
9. National deficit outlook unchanged under Obama: UMD policy analysis
10. ESC analysis reveals arrhythmia treatment gaps between Eastern and Western Europe
11. Stroke Risk Higher After Bypass Than Angioplasty: Analysis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... Quality metrics are proliferating in cancer ... they remain in the eye of the beholder, according to experts who offered insights ... American Journal of Managed Care. For the full issue, click here . , ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping to develop a weight loss ... plans to fix the two major problems leading the fitness industry today:, ... , They don’t eliminate all the reasons people quit their exercise program ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, as ... of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and to ... one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As lice ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, ... ... to helping both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented ... for the Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may ... to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To ... for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, Inc., ... development and manufacturing of collagen and mineral based ... today that Bill Messer has joined ... to further leverage the growing portfolio of oral ... Bill joins the Collagen Matrix executive ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Bay ... Rehabilitation Network,s Dean Center for Tick Borne ... Medicine and Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, University of ... Innovation, today announced the five finalists of ... Lyme disease.  More than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 Research ... "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical ... structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: