Defederalizing Medicaid: fair to the poor, fair to taxpayers?

  title={Defederalizing Medicaid: fair to the poor, fair to taxpayers?},
  author={Jerry L. Cromwell and Sylvia Hurdle and Rachel A. Schurman},
  journal={Journal of health politics, policy and law},
  volume={12 1},
This paper explores the access and equity implications to the poor and taxpayers of further defederalizing Medicaid program administration. New data on enrollees and tax incidence indicates little horizontal, let alone vertical, equity in the system. Styles of cost control are also examined, showing a systematic bias towards providers and taxpayers at the expense of the poor in penurious states.