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The Changing Face of Medicaid

Created on July 30, 2015

The Changing Face of Medicaid


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Read the original report, "Medicaid at 50: Reform Is Needed to Better Serve Low-Income Health Care Needs," by Nina Owcharenko.

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Historically, Medicaid has primarily enrolled more children than adults. However, over the years more able-bodied adults have been added to the program, and under Obamacare, the number of newly eligible adults has surged. By 2023, there will be almost as many able-bodied adults (27.9 million) in Medicaid as children (31.9 million).

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2014 Actuarial Report on the Financial Outlook for Medicaid, 2014, Table 3, p. 24, http://medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/by-topics/ financing-and-reimbursement/downloads/medicaid-actuarial-report-2014.pdf (accessed July 22, 2015).

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Tags: Medicaid, federal-spending, state-spending, doctors