Arizona nursing jobs (Click here) could be negatively impacted by a huge decline in the state’s Medicaid rolls.
“Moving Ahead Amid Fiscal Challenges: A Look at Medicaid Spending, Coverage and Policy Trends,” a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that many states are projecting slower Medicaid growth during 2012.
While the rough state of the economy forced 11 states, including Arizona, to reduce their Medicaid budgets this year, most states are taking measures to prevent further declines in enrollment.
However, Arizona is the only state that expects to see further declines in its Medicaid program during 2012, as a loophole in federal law will allow the state to stop tens of thousands of participants from being covered.
According to an article by KTAR.com, healthcare reform laws prevent states from cutting Medicaid coverage, but Arizona’s program expired this October. The planned cuts will save the state about $260 million.
Arizona’s Medicaid enrollment is expected to fall from 230,000 to 140,000 next year. The state plans to eliminate Medicaid coverage for 6,000 people who need medical help and freeze coverage for about 90,000 childless adults.