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Previous Temporary Increases to the Federal Medicaid Match Have Been Critical to Pandemics and Economic Downturns and Have Phased Out Without Controversy

By Eliot Fishman,


As Congress considers an urgently needed package of pandemic response measures, questions have arisen regarding whether a temporary increase to the federal Medicaid matching percentage will become permanent. This fact sheet clarifies that there has never been any significant effort to make a temporary increase to the Medicaid match permanent. Therefore, this concern has no basis in recent history.

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