Medicaid in 2005

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Medicaid in 2005: Principles and Proposals for Reform Prepared for the National Governors Association By Vernon K. Smith and Greg Moody Intro o Purpose of paper is to look at the issues, problems, and challenges that face Medicaid in 2005, outlook for the future, and to offer principles and options for reform o Medicaid is important in including assuring prenatal care, caring for babies in neonatal intensive care units, providing well child preventive care and acute care for children that helps them stay healthy in school, providing long term care and intensive care for persons with chronic conditions and disabilities and for persons with mental illness, and filling the gaps in Medicare for the nation’s low income seniors o Medicaid Spending is now the largest single item in overall state budgets A basic definition of Medicaid o An insurance program for the low income, uninsured children and some parents, pregnant women o A program of chronic and long term care for persons with disabilities, including persons with mental illness, and low income elderly o A supplement to Medicare for low income seniors and persons with disabilities, and a support for those awaiting qualification for
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