The Current and Future role and Impact of Medicaid in Rural Health. Brief prepared by the RUPRI Health Panel. September, 2012.

The Current and Future role and Impact of Medicaid in Rural Health. Brief prepared by the RUPRI Health Panel. September, 2012.

The Current and Future role and Impact of Medicaid in Rural Health

Medicaid is the nation’s largest public insurance program and is a crucial source of health insurance coverage and provider payments for rural people, providers, and communities. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, (ACA), the importance of Medicaid in the rural health system will grow significantly. This brief outlines and describes the current Medicaid program and its importance to rural America. It also discusses rural implications of program expansion, including wither and how states choose to implement changes.

Prepared by the RUPRI Health Panel

Authors:

Keith Mueller, PhD

Andrew Coburn, PhD

Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA

A. Clinton MacKinney, MD, MS

Timothy McBride, PhD

Sidney Watson, JD

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