National Rural Health Association

2016 Policy Institute

Medicaid Updates


NRHA policy on Medicaid reform:

NRHA supports state flexibility in principle; however, turning Medicaid into a block grant program is likely to have a disproportionate impact on  rural beneficiaries and rural providers. NRHA supports the continuation of Medicaid as a program where all individuals who meet eligibility requirements are covered. NRHA also supports a basic level of benefit protection for mandatory and optional beneficiaries, inclusion of elderly and disabled in the definition of "mandatory population," and inclusion of long-term care in the definition of "mandatory benefits." Any current or future federal Medicaid reform proposals should include provisions for a rural impact study of state practices with block granted programs in the past. 

See the full NRHA policy paper on Medicaid Reform in Rural America for more information.

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