The harsh Medicaid reality
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012
* US Sen. Dick Durbin pointed out some sobering Medicaid statistics this past weekend…
* DHFS numbers for Medicaid enrollment by fiscal year...
The recession has played a big role in the increase, but a doubling of the rolls without corresponding revenue growth to pay for it is a very real problem.
Illinois has one of the lowest costs per Medicaid patient in the country. Its provider reimbursement rates are also quite low - and if they go much lower patients will have trouble finding care. Eliminating programs and kicking people off health care is the “best” option, but as Durbin rightly points out, it’s an extremely harsh option.