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Medicaid: An Overview [Updated June 24, 2019]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Document: "Medicaid is a means-tested entitlement program that finances the delivery of primary and acute medical services as well as long-term services and supports (LTSS) to an estimated 75 million people at a cost to states and the federal government of $616 billion in FY2018. Medicaid is one of the largest payers in the U.S. health care system, representing 17% of national health care spending in CY2017; in that year, private health insurance and Medicare accounted for 34% and 20%of national health care spending, respectively. Participation in Medicaid is voluntary for states, though all states, the District of Columbia, and the territories choose to participate. The federal government requires states to cover certain mandatory populations and services, but the federal government also allows states to cover other optional populations and services. Due to this flexibility, there is substantial variation among the states in terms of factors such as Medicaid eligibility, covered benefits, and provider payment rates."

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CRS Report for Congress, R43357
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2019-06-24
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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