States and their “revenue maximization” contractors are strip-mining billions in Medicaid and other federal aid from the poor. Efforts to curtail the schemes were increasing. But now, the GOP’s “American Health Care Act” seeks to help states divert even more federal aid to general state coffers, harming America’s most vulnerable citizens – impoverished children, struggling families, and the disabled and elderly poor.
Links to author interview regarding “The Poverty Industry" on the Healthcare Policy Podcast, and accompanying book review, are below.
“During this 26 minute conversation Professor Hatcher discusses his motivations for writing the book, defines ‘poverty's iron triangle,’ explains how state foster care and Medicaid agencies, with the help of private contractors, monetize poverty for state financial gain, explains how states attempt to reason this behavior and offers solutions for how this malfeasance can be ‘reeled in.’”