Medicaid Rules are Weird

In case yesterday’s post on economic freedom was a bit long for your taste, I was on the Fox Business Channel yesterday talking about, among other things, economic freedom.

At the end, I discuss Arizona and their Medicaid program. In my view, a reasonable cost-containment approach to Medicaid would put benefits on a sliding scale: the most-needy would be eligible for larger benefits, while those with higher incomes and/or greater wealth would be eligible for fewer benefits.

Unfortunately, the federal government won’t let states do that. Another thing they won’t let states do? Scale back non-emergency taxi service to Medicaid recipients. After an 8 month review, the Feds recently denied Arizona’s petition to eliminate this service. They will, apparently, permit the state to no longer finance certain transplant procedures. Does this strike anyone else as bizarre?