Health Care & Medicaid

Dr. Miller, dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins, wrote an op-ed piece in the WSJ 12/4/09 citing a CMS actuary that the House bill will increase Medicaid rolls by 18 million. The Senate version will increase eligibility for Medicaid to 133% of Federal poverty level. Miller cites the Kaiser Family Foundation that an additional 308,000 people will meet that eligibility in Maryland alone so the Senate version appears to have a similar impact as the House bill.

Dr. Miller is concerned about the costs. JH has already struggled handling the Medicaid patients it has and has lost a good deal of money in unreimbursed costs from the state.

From 1990 to 2004, Federal and state Medicaid spending increased yearly by about 10%, more than triple the average 3% CPI rate of inflation. For the three year period 2004-7, annual increases slowed considerably to 3.6%. States are reporting 2009 Medicaid spending increases averaging 7.9% because of the recession.

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