The Medicaid program has grown from $456 billion in 2013 to an estimated $576 billion in 2016, largely fueled by a mostly federally financed expansion of the program to more than 15 million new working age adults.
One of our priorities at CMS is to identify innovative approaches to improving care for our beneficiaries. Too often we’ve heard about the challenges beneficiaries, families, and caregivers face navigating health care, especially when it comes to transitioning between care settings.
Health care: American’s favorite debate topic. While there is much to debate, we can all agree that the patient-provider relationship has been strained by unnecessary regulations and reporting requirements.

History tells us that when monopolies form prices rise, innovation sputters, and consumers suffer.  It is curious why advocates for single-payer, government-run solutions ignore this reality, as if healthcare is somehow exempt from economic forces.  Turning our healthcare payment system into a government-run monopoly is a recipe for high costs and long wait times.