Forum Session

The Changing Face of Medicaid: Contemplating New Approaches to Benefits and Cost Sharing
November 10, 2005


Jennifer Ryan


This Forum session provided an opportunity for thoughtful discussion of the proposed changes to Medicaid benefits and cost-sharing standards under consideration by Congress in the 2005 budget reconciliation process. Speakers presented research examining the impact of cost-sharing and benefits modifications on Medicaid program enrollment and access to care. The Medicaid reform recommendations by the National Governors Association (NGA) were also described, and individual state perspectives from Illinois and Rhode Island were offered. The panel discussion considered how the cost-sharing and benefits proposals will affect states, beneficiaries, and the federal government.


Genevieve M. Kenney, PhD, Principal Research Associate, The Urban Institute; Cindy Mann, JD, Executive Director, Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute; Matt Salo, Director, Health and Human Services Committee, National Governors Association

With Commentary from State Medicaid Officials and Senior Congressional Committee Staff

Slides from the presentation by Ms. Mann are available for download.

Related Materials

For more information, see “Results from RIte Care Premium Follow-Up Surveys” (Issue Brief No. 4, January 2003, and Issue Brief No. 6, July 2004), as well as the Web site of the Center for Children and Families at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.

See also "Medicaid Eligibility and Benefits" (The Basics, January 5, 2016).

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