University of Arizona

Medicaid Policy & Politics

Taught in English


Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Kirin Goff
Asha Devineni

Instructors: Kirin Goff


(20 reviews)

6 hours to complete
3 weeks at 2 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

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7 quizzes

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There are 6 modules in this course

This first module focuses on how Medicaid fits into government systems, a basic overview of Medicaid, and the historical context. We start with some basics you may already be familiar with, but quickly build upon them as a foundation for understanding where policy decisions are made.

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3 videos1 quiz

Kirin and Asha discuss healthcare delivery systems, focusing on managed care – a delivery system in which third party managed care organizations (MCOs) coordinate care for members and the state Medicaid agency pays MCOs rather than paying providers directly.

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3 videos1 quiz

Kirin and Asha discuss state plans, which are the blueprints for establishing all important details about how a state structures and administers its Medicaid program. We also talk about how state plans can be amended and circumstances under which a state can request permission to "break the rules" using a waiver.

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2 videos1 quiz

Kirin and Asha talk about how state Medicaid programs are increasingly going beyond providing traditional healthcare services and adding programs and services that improve member health through things like healthy housing, reliable transportation, and nutritious food.

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1 video1 quiz

In this module, Kirin and Asha discuss how the federal contribution to Medicaid funding is calculated, how state budgets work, and what policy arguments are made with regard to Medicaid spending and structure.

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2 videos1 quiz

Kirin and Asha visit a single state in more depth. Part I gives an overview of the Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), including: the history, structure of the agency, its influence on national trends, the benefits provided, costs, and the dual eligible population. In part II, special guest Markay Adams explains how the tribal healthcare system intersects with Medicaid in Arizona.

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5 videos2 quizzes


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5.0 (6 ratings)
Kirin Goff
University of Arizona
1 Course522 learners
Asha Devineni
University of Arizona
1 Course522 learners

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