Tuesday, October 8, 2013

50-State Medicaid Budget Survey Highlights Trends for FY13 and F14


The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and Health Management Associates (HMA) recently conducted the 13th annual budget survey of Medicaid officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report highlights trends in Medicaid spending, enrollment and policy initiatives for FY 2013 and FY 2014 with an intense focus on eligibility and enrollment changes tied to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as payment and delivery system changes. The report also provides detailed appendices with state-by-state information and a more in-depth look at four case study states:  Arizona, Florida, Kentucky and Washington. Download the report and an executive summary here.

According to Kaiser’s release, key findings from the survey include the following:

  • Improvements in the economy resulted in modest growth in Medicaid spending and enrollment in FY 2013.  In FY 2014, national enrollment and spending growth are expected to rise.  States moving forward with the Medicaid expansion are expected to see higher enrollment and total spending growth driven by increases in coverage and federal funds.
  • The implementation of the ACA will result in major changes to Medicaid eligibility and enrollment for all states whether they are implementing the ACA Medicaid expansion or not.
  • Nearly all states are developing and implementing payment and delivery system reforms designed to improve quality, manage costs and better balance the delivery of long-term services and supports across institutional and community-based settings.
  • Improvements in the economy have enabled states to implement more program restorations or improvements in provider rates and benefits compared to restrictions, but states also adopted policies to control costs and enhance program integrity.
  • Looking ahead, FY 2014 will be a transformative year for Medicaid.

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