The Unwinding of Medicaid

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The Unwinding of Medicaid

January 17, 2023

The Unwinding of Medicaid

Congress has recently passed a spending bill that will “unwind” a requirement for states to maintain continuous enrollment in Medicaid in order to receive additional federal pandemic funds. The policy shift is likely to have wide-reaching impacts on the healthcare system, with far more immediate impact on lower-income households. 

In this episode of CareTalk, John and David analyze the rapid growth of Medicaid and the decision to unwind it.

CareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy.

Why did Medicaid grow so much during the pandemic?
(3:45) What has been the impact of Medicaid’s rapid growth?
(4:00) Why is the continuous coverage provision ending?
(6:00) What will happen to people currently on Medicaid?
(9:17) Are the states ready to deal with this?

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A Diverse Skill Set Peter McCanna is chief executive officer (CEO) at Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not- for-profit health system in Texas. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,200 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care, as well as an array of virtual and in-home services.