For FY 2016 and FY 2017, national Medicaid enrollment and total spending continue to grow, but much more slowly after high growth in FY 2015 primarily due to the implementation of the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act. This brief discusses these trends based on interviews and data provided by state Medicaid directors as part of the 16th annual survey of Medicaid directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Conducted by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) and Health Management Associates (HMA), the survey focuses on trends and Medicaid policy actions taken by states in FY 2016 and FY 2017. Key findings are described below and provided in a companion report.
Figure 1: Medicaid enrollment and total Medicaid spending slowed in FY 2016 and are projected to slow in FY 2017, but states project an uptick in state Medicaid spending in FY 2017.
Enrollment and Total Spending. Following significant increases in FY 2015 related …
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Medicaid Enrollment & Spending Growth: FY 2016 & 2017