HealthConnections: The Fault Lines of Medicaid

Mar 13, 2018

How you feel about Medicaid depends on how you feel about the federal government, welfare, entitlement programs and even your economic philosophy. While the health coverage program sees broad approval among the American public, fault lines begin to appear when specific issues are raised.

Should people on Medicaid be required by law to work? Who should be covered? How large or small should Medicaid be? Conservatives, liberals and independents tend to disagree on these and other questions.

In this edition of HealthConnections, Dr. Carole Myers maps the fault lines of Medicaid, from public opinion polling to the Tennessee General Assembly.

Additional resources for this episode:

Facts and figures about Medicaid and CHIP in Tennessee (

A snapshot of Medicaid in the United States (Kaiser Family Foundation)