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Improving Medicaid With Block Grants & Consumer-Directed Health Care

September 15, 2011

Linda Gorman, director of the Independence Institute‘s Health Policy Center has written an issue brief on the benefits of replacing federal matching funds with Medicaid block grants.

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Linda Gorman, director of the Independence Institute‘s Health Policy Center has written an issue brief on the benefits of replacing federal matching funds with Medicaid block grants. An excerpt:

If Medicaid were turned into a block grant program in which the federal government gave each state a set amount of money, it could improve patient care, restrain the growth in costs, reduce complexity and improve outcomes. Furthermore, block grants could be used to implement consumer-directed reforms that allow Medicaid enrollees to control some of the spending on their care and give them incentives to avoid unnecessary care.

 

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Linda Gorman is Director of the Health Care Policy Center at the Independence Institute, a state-based free market think tank in Denver, Colorado.
linda@i2i.org