By Phil Galewitz
Kaiser Health News
New England’s bucolic countryside looks much the same on either side of the Connecticut River separating Vermont from New Hampshire.
But Medicaid beneficiaries are far better off in Vermont.
Vermont generously funds its Medicaid program. It provides better benefits, such as dental care, and pays doctors more than New Hampshire’s program does. That brings more doctors into the program, giving enrollees more access to care.
New Hampshire has twice Vermont’s population, but Vermont spends almost as much on Medicaid and covers more enrollees.
Under the complicated formulas that set federal funding, Vermont’s substantial investment helps it capture nearly as much aid from the government as New Hampshire gets. [Read more…] about On Medicaid money, GOP has a win-or-lose proposition for states