Kaiser Commission reports on economic turmoil and state Medicaid: As economic conditions worsen, the Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has released new resources to provide information and guidance to practitioners, administrators, policy makers, and the public. The materials examine the recession's impact on ordinary Americans and their health coverage and on state budgets and Medicaid programs. Because of the way Medicaid is financed, a recession means "double trouble": states have reduced revenue and less money to spend on Medicaid, but more people are losing jobs and health coverage and need the program. The resources include two policy briefs, a report, and a fact sheet, ranging from two to 14 pages. The titles are Rising Unemployment: Medicaid and the Uninsured, Medicaid in a Crunch: A Mid-FY 2009 Update on State Medicaid Issues in a Recession, The Role of Medicaid in State Economies: A Look at the Research, and State Fiscal Conditions and Medicaid. The materials also include a podcast and transcript of a panel discussion held in early January, "Medicaid as Stimulus: A Tonic for What Ails the Economy?" Six expert panelists examine the effectiveness of past federal increases in Medicaid funding during economic downturns. For example, in 2003–2004 the federal government temporarily increased its share of funding in exchange for states' agreeing not to cut eligibility. The panelists discuss whether such increases stimulate the economy and whether additional federal funding can be justified during a time of declining federal tax revenues and expanding deficits. The materials are available on the Kaiser Commission's Web site at www.kff.org/medicaid.