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Bitler and Stevens publish memo on Medicaid and Block Grants

UC Davis economics professors Marianne Bitler and Ann Stevens, also affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, have published a memo on Medicaid and Block Grants at EconoFact. The memo can be found here. Bitler and Stevens note that the Trump proposal to convert Medicaid to a block grant is a transformation that has been done before: the 1996 welfare reform replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children entitlement program with a federal block grant. Bitler and Stevens evaluate this 1996 policy two decades after its implementation to highlight some of the issues with transforming Medicaid to a block grant.