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Medicaid debate rises to forefront

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I attended a Medicaid conference in Washington, D.C. on June 27 and 28.  The non-partisan Council of State Governments organized the conference for state legislators to address ongoing growth in Medicaid costs and expected changes in Medicaid programs.  
This is the first of two columns on Medicaid.  This column discusses the current program.  The next column will discuss Medicaid’s future in New Mexico.  The June 28 PPACA decision by the Supreme Court makes these issues even more timely and important.
Why does Medicaid matter to New Mexicans?  Health care is the fastest growing part of New Mexico’s budget (almost double the growth of any other major item in ten years) and Medicaid funding is the largest component of that item.  New Mexico will spend almost 20 percent of FY2013 general fund dollars on Medicaid.


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