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Medicaid Enrollment Up; Small Deficit Projected

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Medicaid officials testified Monday before House and Senate fiscal advisers about how much they expect to spend on medical assistance for the poor in...

Medicaid officials testified Monday before House and Senate fiscal advisers about how much they expect to spend on medical assistance for the poor in Rhode Island. Officials expect a small deficit and growing enrollment.

Twice a year, Medicaid officials report how much they’ve spent and what they think they’ll spend in the coming fiscal year. It’s part of the budget process. Highlights from Monday’s testimony include a projected deficit of $5.7 million dollars for this fiscal year. That’s tiny compared to total Medicaid spending, projected to be about $2.3 billion dollars.

Efforts to trim spending by nearly two hundred million dollars – known as “Reinvent Medicaid” – are mostly on track. But more Rhode Islanders enrolled in Medicaid programs than expected. One program for disabled adults reported increases in spending on nursing homes.

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Officials with medicaid testified they expect to see increased enrollments, and a small deficit.
Officials with medicaid testified they expect to see increased enrollments, and a small deficit.