Under current law, the federal government matches state Medicaid spending based on a statutory formula, without a pre-set limit. If state spending increases, for example due to increased enrollment or unexpectedly high program costs, then federal spending increases as well. This open-ended financing structure allows federal funds to flow to states based on actual costs and needs as economic and other circumstances change.
Any changes to the Medicare program must aim for healthier people, better care, and smarter spending—not paying more for less. As policymakers debate the future of health care, we will provide our insights here.
Thinking ahead to Medicare's future, it’s important to modernize benefits and pursue changes that improve how people with Medicare navigate their coverage on a daily basis. Here are our evolving 30 policy goals for Medicare’s future.
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