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Six Reasons States Should Be Skeptical of Medicaid Expansion Cost Estimates
Posted By Alyene Senger On September 13, 2012 @ 12:30 pm In Health Care | 1 Comment
As states weigh their options regarding the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid, many have sought out cost estimates to assist them. However, in a new paper, Heritage experts Ed Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski caution  state lawmakers that state cost estimates rest on key assumptions, some of which may be questionable.
There are six reasons state cost estimates could be unreliable:
Haislmaier and Gonshorowski warn , “There is an old adage that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. When it comes to studies purporting to show positive state fiscal effects from adopting Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, state lawmakers should keep that folk wisdom in mind.”
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URLs in this post:
 Heritage experts Ed Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski caution: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/09/state-lawmakers-guide-to-evaluating-medicaid-expansion-projections
 $3.4 billion a year: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/ccs.pdf
 Gonshorowski’s new paper: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/08/medicaid-expansion-will-become-more-costly-to-states
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