Trump’s Medicaid Chief Labels Medicaid ‘Mediocre.’ Is It?

February 21, 2020, Kaiser Health News, Phil Galewitz -  The Trump administration’s top Medicaid official has been increasingly critical of the entitlement program she has overseen for three years.Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has warned that the federal government and states need to better control spending and improve care to the 70 million people on Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the low-income population. She supports changes to Medicaid that would give states the option to receive capped annual federal funding for some enrollees instead of open-ended payouts based on enrollment and health costs. This would be a departure from how the program has operated since it began in 1965.

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