Medicaid has made a huge difference in my patients’ lives. Here’s how.

Over the past few weeks, there has been talk both of funding infrastructure projects and defunding Medicaid, at least in part. I recently saw a patient who reminded me that Medicaid itself provides an essential kind of infrastructure. His black beard pointed stiffly down his chest. At the middle of his sternum, it flowered out […]

Medicaid Fraud Climbed to a Whopping $29 Billion Last Year

Medicaid managers have done little to stem rampant fraud in the massive government health care program for the poor, which totaled more than $29 billion last year, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to Congress. As Medicaid gradually transforms from a traditional fee-for-service operation to managed care, the challenge for federal and […]

The Value of Medicaid

Medicaid is the largest means-tested program in the U.S., with expenditures of over $425 billion in 2011. The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, a recent expansion of the Medicaid program in that state that occurred by random assignment, has provided some of the most compelling evidence to date on the program’s effects. A series of previous […]

The Value of Medicaid

Medicaid is the largest means-tested program in the U.S., with expenditures of over $425 billion in 2011. The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, a recent expansion of the Medicaid program in that state that occurred by random assignment, has provided some of the most compelling evidence to date on the program’s effects. A series of previous […]