Job Losses Drove Medicaid Growth; Program Didn’t Cause Florida's Budget Woes | Print |
April 2011

Legislators continue to identify Medicaid as the albatross hanging from its neck as it works through the budget-setting process for 2011-12.  But it is well established that Medicaid is neither spiraling out of control nor the cause of the state's budget woes.

Significant increases in Medicaid enrollment (and therefore Medicaid spending) and reductions in state revenue are simultaneous consequences of the same recession.

It is clear that reductions in income and lapses in health coverage associated with job loss are the key drivers in the growth of Florida Medicaid.

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