Medicaid is one of the nation’s most vital health care safety net programs, providing health coverage for more than 72 million Americans. Medicaid – often called different names in different states – serves as the largest payer of births, mental health services and long-term care in America. The program is jointly funded by federal and state governments, but administered by states under broad federal standards.
Each of the 56 Medicaid programs in states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia operates differently, resulting in considerable complexity in many areas, including financing arrangements. At the same time, over the years, state Medicaid programs have grown and evolved to encompass a disproportionate percentage of state budgets. As states face ongoing budget challenges and changes brought on by health care reform, Medicaid directors have increasingly focused on increasing the value of health care services for members by reducing costs and improving access to care.
Medicaid directors work tirelessly to provide the best possible health care to vulnerable Americans while being responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. State Medicaid directors are driving significant reforms to not only the Medicaid program, but the underlying health care system.
NAMD supports Medicaid financing measures that allow state Medicaid directors to flexibly drive innovations, maintain successful improvements and diffuse effective new approaches throughout the system.