Medicaid Enrollments Rise to Hit Record Levels, Lead to Health-Care Cuts

Medicaid

Over 50% of the states are cutting back Medicaid services and payments to providers of health-care during the ongoing year, with the recession hiking enrollments to record levels and sapping money from treasuries.

This weekend, Governors are all set to meet with President Obama, and they seem to have taken some actions in order to close the budget deficits. Enrollments in its Children’s Health Insurance Program have been frozen by Arizona, and California currently plans to close adult day health care centers starting next month.

Also, Nevada is pulling back coverage for eyeglasses, dentures and hearing aids.

Starting July, most of the country's states are threatening bigger cuts, unless the Government offers a higher federal contribution included in the past year's economic stimulus law worth $862 Billion.

Between June 2008 and June 2009, Medicaid enrollments hiked by 3.3 million people, or 7.5%, as has been confirmed by the latest data shared by the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation shows. A rise in enrollments was recorded for all the states, for the first time since the 1990s.

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