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Building on a Solid Foundation: Medicaid's Role in a Reformed Health Care System

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Publication Date: March 2009

Publisher(s): Center for Children and Families

Author(s): Martha Heberlein; Cindy Mann; Vikki Wachino

Topic: Health (Health care planning)
Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: Medicaid; Health Care Reform

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Health care reform is once again a front and center issue. While the policy debates are just beginning, broad consensus exists that a newly reformed system ought to build on the components of the current system, including the Medicaid program. This paper considers ways of doing this, focusing on three key areas: Medicaid eligibility and access; cost, efficiencies, and quality; and overall financing.