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Despite GOP Efforts To Corral Medicaid Spending, States Expand Benefits

By Kaiser Health News  
   October 19, 2017

States generally add benefits to Medicaid - one of the largest programs in state budgets - during strong economic times.

This article first appeared October 19, 2017 on Kaiser Health News.

By Phil Galewitz

While congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump have been seeking major cuts in federal funding of Medicaid, 26 states this year expanded or enhanced benefits and at least 17 plan to do so next year, according to a report released Thursday.

The increased benefits were largely for mental health and substance abuse treatment, but states also added telemedicine and dental care, according to the report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Association of Medicaid Directors. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)

Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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