Medicaid Medicaid/Medicare Public Policy

Explaining the Stimulus Bill’s affect on Medicaid

The Stimulus Package, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), key goal was to boost a flagging economy.  A number of the provisions in the $787 billion package went towards health care provisions.  The Kaiser Family Foundation notes that “the Act includes $149 billion in health spending of which $87 billion is for a temporary increase in the federal share of Medicaid costs, $25 billion for temporary COBRA subsidies, and other spending for health information technology (HIT), the National Institutes of Health and for Community Health Centers.”

To summarize the impact of ARRA on Medicaid funding, I have made the following table.

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