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Webinar Replay: An Inside Look at Findings from the 15th Annual Kaiser 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey

On November 19, 2015, HMA Information Services hosted the webinar, “Medicaid Enrollment and Spending Trends: An Inside Look at Findings from the 15th Annual Kaiser 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey.”

Medicaid enrollment and spending both rose nearly 14 percent in fiscal year 2015 among 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the 15th annual Medicaid budget survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU). Spending growth is expected to slow to 6.9 percent in fiscal 2016, while enrollment growth slows to 4 percent, the study projects.

What’s driving these trends, and what are states doing to improve healthcare quality while controlling costs? That’s the topic of this webinar from Health Management Associates, which works with KCMU each year to conduct the survey. HMA Managing Principals Eileen Ellis, Kathy Gifford, and Vern Smith outline key findings from the budget survey and discuss what it all means for the future of Medicaid. Listen to the replay and:

  • Assess the impact of Medicaid expansion on state budgets, including savings in areas like behavioral health, uncompensated care, and criminal justice.
  • Learn why Medicaid spending and enrollment growth will slow in 2016, and why the gap in the rate of increase between expansion and non-expansion states will narrow.
  • Identify the key drivers of Medicaid spending growth.
  • Understand the extent of major Medicaid payment and delivery system reforms among states.
  • Find out how state Medicaid directors were remarkably accurate in projecting Medicaid enrollment and spending trends in 2015 – and what that may mean for the 2016 outlook.
  • Gain insight into which states could expand Medicaid in the future and what that might mean for struggling state budgets.
  • Assess the financing of Medicaid in 2017 and beyond, when the federal matching rate for expansion enrollees begins to decline.

The slide deck for this webinar can be retrieved by clicking the “DOWNLOAD” button below.

Meet our HMA speakers

Vern Smith

Vern K. Smith, PhD

Senior Advisor Emeritus
Lansing, MI
Kathy Gifford

Kathy Gifford, JD

Indianapolis, IN