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Fact Sheet
June 2012

Increasing Cost-Sharing in Medicaid: A Bad Solution to Budget Issues 

Increasing out-of-pocket costs (known as "cost-sharing") for people with Medicaid is a bad idea. People who rely on Medicaid for their health care have very low incomes, and making them pay more for health care services could force them to delay or go without necessary care. This could lead to more serious health problems that are more expensive to treat in the future.

Advocates can use this fact sheet to get arguments against increased out-of-pocket costs in Medicaid that they can share with state policy makers. Although higher cost-sharing may seem like a good option for reducing state spending on health care, it will likely cost states more in the long run.