Statements about Medicaid

"Our welfare system now consumes 42 percent of our budget."

Rhode Island has taken its federal Medicaid funding and shown it can run the program more cost-effectively than the federal government.

"Massachusetts is reporting a trend far below the national trend in the escalation of health-care costs in this year."

"Health care is the greatest contribution to spending increases in the state budget."

Rhode Island spends "52 percent more per capita on human service programs than the national average."

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