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The Top Ten Reasons for Medicaid Reform
Nina Owcharenko, Heritage Foundation, 4-12-05

Owcharenko’s “Web Memo” lists the most important reasons why Congress and the states should work towards serious Medicaid reform. For instance, Medicaid’s benefit setting process is outdated and it limits access to quality health care. She also posits a framework and a philosophy that should drive reform:

In reforming the welfare system in 1996, Congress established a process to move people out of dependency and into work, enabling them to participate in the mainstream economy. Medicaid reform should track the success of welfare reform, mainstreaming beneficiaries, wherever possible, into the private health care system that covers their fellow citizens. The result: a modernized and improved Medicaid program to better care for those it is intended to serve.


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