Governors eye Medicaid cuts to ease COVID-19 budget pain

The Hill

By: Jessie Hellmann

Governors facing huge budget shortfalls are eyeing cuts to Medicaid, even as millions of unemployed Americans flock to the health insurance program after losing their employer-based coverage.States that are buckling under declining revenues and increased Medicaid enrollment due to COVID-19 say they may have no choice but to cut the program for the poor unless they get more financial support from the federal government…“The Medicaid provider network is highly stressed and particularly fragile,” said Edwin Park, a research professor and Medicaid expert at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. “If you cut Medicaid rates, the impact on access would likely be much more harmful than even after a typical recession where states look to cut Medicaid and they look to cut provider payments.”

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