Block Grants - the Future of Medicaid?

June 14
Duration: 1 hour

 Annual health expenditure for states is expected to grow 6.1 percent per year between 2009 and 2019, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). How will states and the federal government, both already facing daunting fiscal gaps, confront this growing need?

Some legislators and governors see block grants and greater flexibility as a promising approach to creating a sustainable Medicaid program. Block grants could offer states greater flexibility - but does that also equal greater cost-savings? On this online forum, GOVERNING's editorial staff will explore the possible implications of block grants and examine the experience of Rhode Island - the only state currently operating under a global wavier and federal cap on Medicaid payments.

Join GOVERNING's editorial staff on Tuesday, June 14 at 2 p.m. ET for a live, interactive online forum as we discuss the possibilities block grants could hold for the future of Medicaid.

This online forum will cover:

  • Medicaid block grants - how existing proposals would work (and how federal budget cutting might require them)
  • What increased program flexibility would mean for states
  • Rhode Island's experience with a global wavier - what worked well and what did not
  • How block grants would affect the relationship between states and CMS



Tod Newcombe (moderator)

Gary Alexander
Secretary, Department of Public Welfare
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Former Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services
State of Rhode Island

John Buntin
Staff Writer

Ray Scheppach
Professor of Practice
Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia
Former Executive Director
National Governor's Association