Decreasing Medicaid Expenditures and Diabetes through the Implementation of Medicaid Plus
Smith, Yvonne Lee
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Medicaid is spending nearly $25. 6 billion to treat diabetes, and this expenditure will continue to increase, because it is projected by 2030 diabetes will increase by 54%. In an effort to save federal dollars (potentially $244 billion) and better the lives of millions of Americans, by decreasing the diabetes rate, this capstone proposes implementation of a new policy, Medicaid Plus; which will consolidate Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This initiative will ensure that Medicaid and SNAP recipients will have an adequate amount of affordable produce available as opposed to foods that are affordable but high in sugar and fats. Ensuring adequate amount of produce can be achieved by negotiating new deals that align with the Medicaid Plus recommendations.