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All U. S. states voluntarily choose to participate in the Medicaid program and each state oversees its own version of the Medicaid program. Because states provide up to fifty percent of the funding for their Medicaid programs, they have a larger measure of control over how benefits and services are administered. This means that Medicaid benefits and services from state to state can vary. Some states enjoy a higher reputation for their Medicaid benefits and services than others.

Medicaid is a State-run program with Federal Oversight

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), works in cooperation with state agencies to provide Medicaid. The CMS monitors state-operated Medicaid programs and also sets requirements eligibility, funding, and service quality.

Factors That Affect Quality of State-run Medicaid Services

There are many factors that influence the quality of Medicaid care in different geographic areas. Some factors are the number of health care personnel and hospitals in an area that will take Medicaid patients, how well a given state funds its Medicaid program, and how much funding a state receives from the federal government.

States That Provide the Best Medicaid Benefits and Services

States are ranked according to a variety of criteria such as range of services, quality of care, and reimbursement. States that frequently score high on the rankings for Medicaid benefits and services are Alaska, District of Columbia New York, Maine, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Minnesota and Massachusetts. However, depending on the criteria used for ranking services, other states also frequently appear in the top ten, such as New Hampshire, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.