The State Health Care Spending Project, a collaboration between The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is examining seven major areas of state health care spending—Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, prison health care, active state government employee health insurance, and retired state government employee health insurance. The project will provide a comprehensive examination of each of these health programs that states fund. The programs vary by state in many ways, so the research will highlight those variations and some of the principal factors driving them. The project is concurrently releasing state-by-state data on 20 key health indicators to complement the programmatic spending analysis.
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Health care spending presents a complicated set of challenges and financial burdens for states, whose obligations range from caring for the neediest residents—those who cannot afford health care or health insurance on their own—to providing coverage for state employees and retirees who have negotiated it as part of their compensation packages. States spend, in the aggregate, hundreds... Read More
This report, a first-of-its-kind effort, provides data on state OPEB liabilities—the cost in today’s dollars of benefitsto be paid to current workers and retirees over future years—and funding trends and how they are affected byaspects of state retiree health plans. Read More
As more states and localities have begun to re-evaluate and reform their criminal justice systems in recent years, policymakers have devoted increased attention to the health care provided to individuals transitioning in and out of prisons and jails. Read More
See what measures states are taking to reduce Medicaid fraud and abuse