When members of Congress threaten to cut federal Medicaid funding, they ignore the facts about the program’s efficiency. Cuts to Medicaid or changes in its structure should be off the table.
Extending Medicaid benefits low-income adults, their families, the health care system, and state economies. It is important to maintain the current federal Medicaid financing structure to help keep the program strong.
Medicaid is an important source of funding for hospitals and health systems in communities across the country. And a stronger health care system benefits all consumers, not just those with Medicaid coverage.
For seniors and people with disabilities, Medicaid is a vital health insurance program. It also fills in gaps in Medicare coverage and helps make Medicare more affordable. Without Medicaid, many individuals and families would not be able to afford needed health care, long-term care, or home-based care.
Evidence shows that people with Medicaid have access to a regular source of care, are satisfied with that care, and experience other benefits from enrolling in the program, like greater financial security.
The Medicaid program is a reliable source of funding for states that bolsters their economies. Medicaid allows states to do more to meet their residents’ health care needs than they could do on their own.
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