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Healthcare

BRIEF-Moody's says Medicaid pressures state budgets with or without federal policy changes

May 18 (Reuters) - Moody’s:

* Moody’s says Medicaid pressures state budgets with or without federal policy changes

* Says Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, West Virginia especially exposed to potential funding shifts on Medicaid

* Says changes in federal Medicaid funding policy could cause additional expenditure growth, a significant funding burden for all U.S. states

* Says federal government may expand state flexibility to control Medicaid expenditures, a credit positive if not offset by other federal cost shifts

* Says eight states especially exposed to potential funding shifts on medicaid as they expanded Medicaid under ACA Source text for Eikon:

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