Explaining the recent growth in Medicaid spending.

  title={Explaining the recent growth in Medicaid spending.},
  author={John Holahan and Diane Rowland and Judith Feder and D Heslam},
  journal={Health affairs},
  volume={12 3},
Medicaid spending more than doubled from 1988 to 1992, reversing a long trend of cost containment in the program. Reasons for the cost explosion are severalfold. (1) Congress expanded eligibility to more children, pregnant women, and low-income elderly persons. (2) The recession has added more people to the Medicaid rolls. (3) Growing numbers of disabled cash assistance recipients have increased Medicaid enrollment. (4) States have increased their use of federal Medicaid funds to supplement… CONTINUE READING