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State Fiscal Conditions and Medicaid

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Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Topic: Economics (Economic conditions)
Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: Medicaid; state; budgets

Type: Fact sheet

Coverage: United States


Demand for Medicaid increases when the economy is weak, driving up enrollment and costs just as state budgets tighten. This fact sheet, updated to include information from the recent survey of state Medicaid directors, summarizes the relationship of Medicaid with state budgets and discusses the current fiscal situation in the states and how it is affecting Medicaid programs.