The annual growth in Medicaid spending slowed this year to 2 percent, as enrollment dipped for the third consecutive year, according to Kaiser Health News.
Medicaid spending went up almost 10 percent in 2011, increasing political tension. This year’s increase is the smallest since 2006, based on a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.
Those for Medicaid believe this trend is a sign of controlling costs, while critics argue that spending will go up again.
Enrollment slowed to 3.2 percent this year, which is down from 4.4 percent in 2011 and 7.2 percent in 2010. Sixty-two million people are currently enrolled.