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Medicaid Out of Control (Guest: Brian Blase)

February 10, 2020

Medicaid has ballooned into a $600 billion a year program, a 12-fold increase over the last 30 years. To discuss this outrageous program, Galen Institute and Heritage Foundation scholar Brian Blase rejoins to podcast.

Under Obamacare, the federal government enticed states to expand their programs to able-bodied people under 138 percent of the poverty level. Initially, the federal government reimbursed 100 percent of these expense. States saw it as an easy way to bring more federal tax money into their coffers and underwrite expense for hospitals and insurance companies. Brian Blase, scholar at the Galen Institute and Heritage Foundation also discusses whether block grants can make Medicaid more responsible and how at least 2.3 to 3.3 million people are improperly enrolled in the program because they make too much money and why states have failed to monitor this more closely

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy