As Costs Mount, States Warily Eye Changes to Medicaid in GOP Health Plan

Medicaid, the program providing health care to 72 million low-income and disabled people, consumed 29 percent of all state general fund dollars in 2016. That constituted the second largest share of the pie behind elementary, secondary and higher education. A new survey by the National Association of State Budget Officers issued Thursday found that while Medicaid spending […]

Disabled, or just desperate?

BEAVERTON, ALA. The lobby at the pain-management clinic had become crowded with patients, so relatives had gone outside to their trucks to wait, and here, too, sat Desmond Spencer, smoking a 9 a.m. cigarette and watching the door. He tried stretching out his right leg, knowing these waits can take hours, and winced. He couldn’t sit […]