Three Papers Toward a Better Understand of State Medicaid Programs and Program Efficiency




Blase, Brian Christopher

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The federal government provides an uncapped reimbursement of state Medicaid spending. In theory, states can use the federal Medicaid funds as a replacement for state funds or the federal funds, which take the form of a matching grant that reduces the relative price of Medicaid, can increase (or stimulate) spending on Medicaid with state-raised tax revenue. In the first dissertation paper, Subsidizing Medicaid Growth: The Impact of the Federal Reimbursement on State Medicaid Programs, I use a state panel data set from 1992 to 2006 to assess the impact of the federal reimbursement on the size of state Medicaid programs. I find that a one point increase in a state's Medicaid reimbursement percentage increases state per capita Medicaid spending between $5 and $16 and increases the percentage of the state's population receiving Medicaid benefits by 0.04 percent to 0.29 percent.



Economics, Public policy, Political Science, FMAP, Hospital Tax, Medicaid, Nursing Home Tax, Provider Tax, TennCare