Why Does Medicaid Spending Vary Across States: A Chart Book Of Factors Driving State Spending

Source: Laura Snyder, Robin Rudowitz, Rachel Garfield, and Tracy Gordon, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Issue Paper, publication number 8378, October 2012

To help better understand Medicaid’s role in state budgets and the potential implications of federal changes to the program, this chart book reviews information about state budgets and then provides an overview of factors contributing to variation in Medicaid spending across states by examining five key questions:
– What is the revenue available to states to pay for public services?
– How does the demand for public services differ across states?
– What is the variation in health care markets across states?
– What Medicaid policy choices have states made?
– How does the budget and policy process affect Medicaid spending?

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