New 50-State Scorecard Exposes Missed Opportunities to Address Health Equity

Today The Commonwealth Fund released its annual scorecard on state health system performance. The report pulls together 49 indicators of health coverage, spending, quality and outcomes data to rank state health system performance. The accompanying state profiles provide additional context on the rankings, allowing states to get a comprehensive look at each state’s health care […]

Recession And Medicaid Budgets: What Are The Options?

Health Affairs By: Allan Baumgarten and Katherine Hempstead The COVID-19 pandemic and related economic dislocation are having a major impact on state budgets, particularly their Medicaid programs.  Medicaid is inherently counter-cyclical, meaning that enrollment and spending increase in response to economic downturns.  Medicaid enrollment will grow as workers lose jobs and coverage.  Forecasts range from […]