The Costs and Benefits of Co-payments in Alabama’s Medicaid Program

The Costs and Benefits of Co-payments in Alabama’s Medicaid Program

Because of increasing costs of Medicaid, some states are implementing co-payments. If Medicaid patients had reasonable copayments within the means of their income, Medicaid would save money as recipients would more carefully consider their needs before using medical services. Alabama should consider developing a nominal cost-sharing plan that works to reflect the true cost of health care for Medicaid recipients.