Medicaid Budget Cuts and Long-Term Care Supplement

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December 2004
According to the National Governor s Association and the National Conference of State Legislators, the majority of states are facing serious budget crises. To meet this challenge, states are turning to a variety of mechanisms to decrease expenditures including cuts to Medicaid, a significant source of state expenditures. While children and those who would be uninsured without current state programs are at significant risk, the elderly and disabled also face significant reductions in services. This project collected data on each state, identifying all the changes made to their Medicaid program in the area of long-term care or related services to the frail elderly and disabled. A policy paper addressing the impact of Medicaid cuts on long term care services, particularly among the elderly in rural areas, will be produced.

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