Medicaid Holds Down Costs Better Than Private Insurance Plans | Print |
April 2011

Florida House and Senate leaders have relentlessly attacked the Medicaid program for purported runaway spending growth, blaming the program for the state's budget woes and demanding relief from even the most basic federal standards.

But historical data reveals that, on a per-person basis, Medicaid has contained costs more effectively than private health insurance.

The underlying problem propelling the rise in both public and private health insurance costs is the growth in health care costs generally.  Although Medicaid has kept rising costs in check more effectively, its long-term sustainability nevertheless ultimately depends on controlling the growth in health care costs overall.

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