Issue Brief , Report | Mar 29, 2016

Medicaid and the Indian Health Service: New Guidance Explains How States May Secure Additional Federal Funds

Deborah Bachrach, Patricia Boozang, and Julian Polaris, Manatt Health

Recent guidance released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in February 2016 increases the range of Medicaid services and providers for which states may claim full federal funding.  States with significant American Indian and/or Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations stand to benefit from this increased federal Medicaid funding.  This issue brief, developed by Manatt Health, summarizes the new policy expanding federal funding for state Medicaid services provided to AI/AN populations, and explains the ways in which these additional funds reduce the cost of Medicaid expansion for states.  This issue brief is part of a continuing series investigating the fiscal implications of Medicaid expansion.